Multimedia Library

28.August.2018

Blood farms in South America

Blood farms in South America. Here, the blood hormone PMSG is harvested for European pharmaceutical companies. The production is extremely cruel. Up to 10 litres of blood are taken from pregnant mares every week, during a period of 11 to 12 weeks. After 3.5 months of pregnancy, the foals are aborted so that the mares can be impregnated and used for blood harvesting twice a year. About 20.000 foals are aborted in Argentina and Uruguay every year. In Uruguay, the abortion is usually done manually. In Argentina, the mares receive an injection. In both cases, the mares are left to their own devices during the abortion. Due to their weakness (anaemia) after the blood extraction season, a lot of mares do not survive the process. Up to 30% of the mares die every year.

In Europe, the companies HIPRA in Spain and ZOETIS in Italy sell PMSG products to pig breeders. The hormone synchronizes the oestrus of the sows and the births. After our first publication in 2015, the US company MSD was the first pharmaceutical company to stop the import of PMSG from South America (January 2017), the German company IDT Biologika followed this year on 17th July and the French company CEVA on 3rd August.

Animal Welfare Foundation and Tierschutzbund Zürich have been investigating about PMSG production for years, after discovering blood mares in South American slaughterhouses. Their meat ends up on European plates. We continue with our campaign until HIPRA and ZOETIS stop the import as well. HIPRA sells its products in several European countries, including Germany.

21.September.2017

[Translate to English:] Reportage "Das Blutgeschäft"

27.February.2017

Horsemeat from Torturous Production in the USA and CANADA

27.February.2017

Horsemeat from Torturous Production from Uruguay and Argentina

20.September.2016

[Translate EN] EU-Kälbertransporte: Langzeittransporte von Kälbern und Lämmern

20.February.2016

The Doomed Journey - The failure of the Industry, Member States and EU to protect animals en route to Turkey

29.September.2015

Blood Business: bloodfarms in Uruaguay and Argentina

03.August.2015

CO2-Stunning

17.July.2014

Halal Slaughter Film by Eyes on Animals and Animal Welfare Foundation

07.May.2014

Pferdefleischimporte aus Übersee - Die Recherche 2014

03.February.2013

The TSB/AWF director of investigation Iris Baumgärtner in action

15.November.2011

The EU transport in Turkey - "Without Care"

08.April.2012

The suffering of the bulls on the transport from Latvia to Iraq