Investigations by country:

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…

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…

01. February 2021

Poland | Nowy Targ | Live transport: Justice for lambs

The national news are reporting about the verdict. Our attorney is being interviewed about the case by the news magazine "Fakty".

Every year before Easter, Italy imports thousands of lambs for slaughter. Our team has been investigating the trade and violations against animal welfare during transport for half a decade. Together with the Polish animal welfare organisation, VIVA, we started a trial in 2018 against the organiser of one of these transports and the official…

31. January 2021

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

Our team is inspecting the cattle market in Bodzentyn almost every week.

Our team is investigating the cattle market in Bodzentyn. In January, we document more traders and animals than during the previous months. This circumstance is probably related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the government decided to support Polish farmers by temporarily suspending the entry fee to animal markets.

During our market…

25. January 2021

Poland | Wachock | Helping animals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic

One out of four puppies during an examination at the veterinary clinic.

The information about our support for animals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic spreads very quickly in the region. In January, our team receives a lot of calls from animal owners asking for help.

First, our team visits the owner of two female dogs who has been reported by her neighbours due to excessive breeding. We were informed that both…

30. December 2020

Poland | Wachock | Helping animals in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Biolys owners will be in prison for up to three weeks and will not be able to look after him.

The COVID-19 Pandemic hit Poland hard. This also has an impact on the animals that are living in the poorest region of Poland. This is where our team is active. In December, we decided that we will extend our animal welfare work that is usually focused on farm animals to dogs and cats for a couple of months. We will be supporting animals in need…

28. December 2020

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

Our team is inspecting the Bodzentyn animal markets every month.

Due to Christmas, we expect more animals at the Bodzentyn cattle market in December. However, our team finds that the number of cattle remains at its usual amount - about 150 animals. During our market inspection we do not observe any injured or neglected animals. The atmosphere during the market days is very calm.

At the horse market in…

30. November 2020

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

Bodzentyn. Our team is inspecting the cattle market almost every Saturday.

Due to the very low temperatures this month, the cattle trade did end much earlier than usual. Some traders decided not to unload the animals from their lorries to protect them from the cold. During our inspection we see mostly calves, young cattle and just very few cows. This time we do not observe any animal welfare violations.

Next, our team is…

27. November 2020

Poland | Lomza | Verdict: Transport of unweaned calves

The transport exceeded 22 hours without stopping for a feeding break. A hungry calf is biting on the bars of the transporter.

Today, a court case regarding a transport of unweaned calves from Poland to Spain that was carried out back in 2018 has been resolved.

Our team stopped a transport of calves in Germany together with the help of the German police. The transport was just on its way from Poland to a control post in France. Back in 2018, the German authorities…