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Historical perspectives on long distance transport of animals

Author(s): Jean Blancou | Ian Parsonson

Journal: Veterinaria Italiana
ISSN 0505-401X

Volume: 44;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Animal | History | Long distance | Transport | Welfare

Since Roman Antiquity, domestic and wild animals have been transported over long distances for purposes as different as improvement of livestock production, food supply, scientific interest, public entertainment, war and numerous other purposes. This long distance transportation was originally limited to the Mediterranean area but, during the Middle Ages extended to the rest of Europe. The conquest of the New World was the first major occasion to transport large numbers of horses and other livestock across the oceans. Domestic animals were necessary for the new colonies and their armies. European expansion to Asia and the Pacific also required the transportation of large numbers of domestic animals. Data, figures and description of the conditions of transport of animals as different as wild beasts, horses, camels, elephants or poultry are reported for each historical period.

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