08. March 2021

International media coverage about live export tragedies Karim Allah and Elbeik

Our team uncovered two scandals surrounding live transport by sea. Once again, the livestock carrier Karim Allah is involved - a vessel which we have been complaining about since 2017, as well as another livestock vessel with the name Elbeik. For several months several thousand animals were stuck on both vessels. After discovering this tragedy, we…

08. March 2021

"Dods" reports about horsemeat imports from cruel production overseas

The news agency "Dods" which is directed at Members of the EU Parliament is reporting on our investigations regarding horsemeat form cruel production overseas. We have been presenting our research beforehand to a group of MEPs in a webinar hosted by the "Intergroup for Animals". für EU-  

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08. March 2021

The Brussels Times reports on horsemeat imports from torturous production overseas

The Brussels Times reports on horsemeat imports from torturous production overseas for the EU and Switzerland. Due to our persistent investigations and publications the import of horsemeat to Switzerland decreased by 75 %. Now more EU countries must follow.  

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28. February 2021

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report February: Farm Animal Service

Bronkowice. The owner releases a calf which he tethered by the horns after our team reprimands him for this dangerous practice.

Finally, this month our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team can return to work after being forced into a break by the worsening COVID-19 pandemic last winter.  

Our first visit is on a farm in Marcinkow. There we trim the hooves of five horses. All of them need special care because they have a history with founder (laminitis). Next, our FAS team drives…

28. February 2021

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

Due to the low temperatures not as many animals are being sold at the Bodzentyn cattle market.

At the beginning of February, we observe less animals than usual during our inspection of the Bodzentyn cattle market. We suspect that the reason for the small number of animals at the market is due to the very low temperatures reaching minus 17˚C. However, during next inspections we observe that the number of animals is slightly increasing. We…

24. February 2021

ANIT Committee | First AWF-Hearing | Transport of unweaned animals

Our project manager, Iris Baumgärtner, advocates an end to cruel transports of unweaned animals before the ANIT Committee.

Already at the tender age of 14 days, calves and lambs are allowed to be transported across Europe over long distances. In the transport vehicles, the young animals, which are still dependent on breast milk, cannot be taken…

20. February 2021

The Guardian reports on our efforts to release animals abord the livestock carriers Karim Allah and Elbeik

The Guardian reports on our efforts to free thousands of cattle from the livestock carriers Karim Allah and Elbeik. The animals have been stuck on the ships for two months after they left the ports of Tarragona and Cartagena for Libya in December. Some animals are suspected to be infected with the bluetongue virus. Therefore, the unloading of many…

13. February 2021

EU live exports by sea: Cattle with bluetongue disease held aboard for almost two months

Our teams document the loading of European animals onto the livestock vessel Elbeik. Port of Tarragona, Spain.

Yesterday evening we received the news that sick cattle from the EU have been detained aboard the livestock carrier "Elbeik" for almost two months. There is a suspicion of a bluetongue disease outbreak. For this reason, animals were not allowed to be unloaded in the destination country Libya. Since then, the ship has stopped in several countries…

07. February 2021

Canada | Alberta | Feedlots of Bouvry slaughterhouse

No protection from the cold – not even for heavily pregnant mares.

Together with our North American partners, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition and Animals’ Angels USA, we have been documenting the horse feedlots at the Bouvry slaughterhouse in Alberta for many years. Here, thousands of horses are fattened with grain feed to their maximum slaughter weight. Our previous investigations have uncovered tremendous…