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16August2019

Konrad again responsible for toturous transports

It is the end of July when our teams are investigating together with our partner organisation Israel Against Live Shipments (IALS). We want to document live transports on their journey from Lithuania to Israel. On the 24th of July, we spot two transports with calves which are operated by the transport company Konrad. We inform the police and let them stop the trucks. What follows shocks police, vetenarians and us.

When the loading ramp opens up, a heap of calves appears in front of our team members. They are lying across and on top of each other, some do not even move anymore. The calves have to be freed and rescued from the heap of bodies, one after another. It takes three hours until the last calf is finally of the truck. Many animals seem to be apathic. They are weak and dehydrated, some have already died. This transport has "only" been on the road for ten hours.

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06August2019

Germany | Federal Minister Julia Klöckner stops long-distant transports of unweaned calves to Spain

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15July2019

Eleven EU-Member States vote for suspension of animal transports during summer

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25September2019

Poland | Opoczno | Punishment for Animal Cruelty

We receive information from a prosecutor in Opoczno regarding another case of a cow with an ingrown horn into its head. We documented it at Bodzentyn cattle market in December 2018   and as usual we reported the case to the police.

During the hearing, the defendant – a previous owner of the cow – was pleaded guilty and settled for the agreed…

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20September2019

Rome, Freising | EU training course on animal welfare during transport

In March (12th-15th) and September (17th-20th) the first and second edition of an advanced level training course on animal welfare during transport took place in Rome (Italy) and Freising (Germany). The two four-day training courses were organised by "Better Training for Safer Food" (BTSF), an initiative by the European Commission. 

Attendants of…

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31August2019

Argentina | Province of Buenos Aires | Illegal trade with horses

On 13 August, we are informed that a truck with horses has been confiscated by the police on the way to the EU-approved slaughterhouse Infriba in Mar del Plata. Our team travels to Argentina to investigate and document this case. Out of the 32 horses on board the truck, at least eight are stolen. As the police has no place for the horses, they are…

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24July2019

Poland, Slovenia, Israel | Transport of calves from Lithuania

Our team and investigators from our partner organisation, Israel Against Live Shipments (IALS), gather evidence of severe suffering of animals during long-distance transport from Lithuania to Israel. The documentation covers two long weeks of transport.

Our team is in Poland to control the transport of calves. We want to verify the compliance of…

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23July2019

Germany | Reinhardshain | Veterinarian stopps transport of hens

On Tuesday evening is still 37°C when a veterinarian is called to check on a transport of chickens on the autobahn A5 in Germany. She experienced a lot, but the sight of the 4,800 layers is extremely depressing. The animals have already been transported in hot weather for one day without food or water by a dutch transport company. The hens are from…

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04July2019

Russia | Smolensk | Cattle exports to Kazachsthan

Our team is trailing two trucks with cattle over 1.500 km, from the Smolensk area via Moscow to Samara, in the Southeast of Russia. The goal is to observe the compliance with EU Regulation No. 1/2005 concerning the required resting and feeding intervalls.

The traffic along the route is insane and so are the drivers of the trucks we are following.…

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04July2019

Turkey | Kapikule | Animal transport to Turkey: Day 3

Only one truck with animals crosses the Turkish border today. It is loaded with young bulls from Romania. They are unloaded at a nearby stable to be watered and fed for a few hours. The animals are very thirsty and immediately start fighting for access to the water trough.

In the late afternoon, our team crosses the border in order to check if…

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03July2019

Turkey | Kapikule | Animal transport to Turkey: Day 2

The weather forecast predicts temperatures of 39°C at the Turkish border for today. This is the first day since we started observing this border in 2010 that we do not see any animal trucks crossing the border. We are satisfied that finally our minimum demand that no animals are transported in hot weather is fulfilled, at least for today.

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02July2019

Turkey | Kapikule | Animal transport to Turkey: Day 1

Our team starts to inspect animal trucks from the EU entering Turkey at the border of Kapikule. Close to the border crossing, we see young bulls with Austrian ear tags in a private stable. For one day, they have been stuck inside the border and for another one at this stable due to problems with their documents. Six other trucks with Austrian…

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