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21May2019

Germany | Alliance 90/The Greens meeting on animal exports to non-EU countries

The urgent need for action concerning the export of bovines to non-EU countries is discussed at an information event by the German party "Alliance 90/The Greens" under the leadership of Bernd Voß (Member of the Landtag Schleswig-Holstein). We report on the situation of certain non-EU export routes and inform about inspection reports published by the EU-Commission which also arrive at the conclusion that there are high risks for the welfare of animals during transport on certain export routes. 

 

The district chief executive of Steinburg, Kirstin Wosnitza of the Federal Association of Dairy Farmers (BDM), and Birte Hellerich, leader of the Food and Veterinary Office in Itzehoe confirm the unclear legal situation and ask the Ministry to commit to safe transportation routes. 

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21March2019

Ireland | Grange | EU Animal Welfare Platform: Animal Transports

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15March2019

Germany | Round table discussion about animal exports

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29April2019

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report April: Cattle & Horse Markets

Whilst inspecting the cattle market in Lagow, our team notices a cow with overgrown hooves. We are taking photos and writing down the ear tag number. In the meantime, the trader who bought the animal to the markets starts yelling at us. The Veterinary Inspector sees the whole situation and decides to thoroughly inspect the trader`s documents and…

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17April2019

Slovenia, Italy | Transport of lambs

Every year before Easter, Italy imports tens of thousands of lambs for slaughter, mainly from Romania and Hungary. AWF|TSB teams check on the transport conditions, supported by the Italian animal welfare organisation ENPA. We inspect a total of eleven trucks, three of them together with the Italian police. All three are in breach of the EU animal…

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15March2019

Italy | Rome | EU Training course on animal welfare during transport

Our team is invited as an expert to the first four-day edition course on animal welfare during transport (advanced level) under the initiative "Better Training for Safer Food" by the European Commission. Attendants of the event include veterinarian competent authorities from different EU member states involved in official control activities on…

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12March2019

Poland | Skaryszew | Horse market and vehicle inspection

The TSB|AWF and Eyes on Animals (EonA) team returns for the 4th time to Skaryszew to evaluate whether anything has changed at the annual horse market. Chances for a lasting change are higher with a new Mayor elected last autumn. In February, we were invited to give a training on legal requirements related to the market operation. The participants…

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28February2019

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report February: Farm Animal Service (FAS)

Our FAS team still treats the canker in one of the hooves of a mare in Brody. This is one of the most difficult and demanding cases in our work. We change the treatment method yet again, and additionally draw the hoof profile to prepare special horse shoes with a plate to hold the dressing. This will improve the protection of the fragile and…

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25February2019

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report February: Cattle & Horse Markets

After a big scandal in Poland related to selling meat of downer cattle (revealed at the end of January), there is much less animals at the Bodzentyn animal market. Sometimes we see only around 80 animals, some days there are more. We are told that the price of bovines is very low. Many animals are not sold and go back to the farms. Even Veterinary…

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13February2019

Croatia | Port Raša | Sea transport from Croatia to Lebanon and Israel

At the beginning of February, our team travels to Croatia. The team spends almost one week close to Pula city, where Raša port, one of the main exit ports of live animals to non-European countries, is located.

Our team observes the arrival of three empty livestock vessels: Phoenix I, Phoenix III and Dragon, while at the same time dozens of trucks…

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28January2019

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report January Cattle & Horse Markets

Dangerous reloading of cattle in Bodzentyn | Animal Welfare Foundation

Not much is going on at the horse market in Bodzentyn. Sometimes we only see about 15 horses, some days no one shows up. The number of animals is also decreasing at Lagow cattle market. We are informed that the Mayor seriously considers closing the market in Lagow. In Bodzentyn the average number of cattle is decreasing as well, however it still…

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25January2019

Poland | Voivodship Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report January: Farm Animal Service (FAS)

This month, our FAS team visited 15 farms, trimmed the hooves of 15 horses and the claws of one cow. Also, ten horses were dewormed. Several lame animals need urgent help of our farriers. First, we are going to a lame cow in Paprocice. During trimming we find an abscess. We clean and disinfect the wound. Next, we are going to a farm in Bieliny. We…

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