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15. January 2021

Livestock vessel ETAB finally refused access to Paris MoU region

Our teams have been monitoring the ETAB in several EU ports. Here in the French port of Sète in 2020.

The livestock carrier ETAB was detained three times in various EU ports due to serious deficiencies in the past 36 months. Our teams also repeatedly documented animal welfare violations during live transports carried out by ETAB. Most recently, our teams investigated the ETAB in July 2020 during the loading of animals in the Spanish port of…

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…

31. October 2020

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

Most animals at the Bodzentyn cattle market are not sold and return to their farms.

The situation on the animal markets remains quite stable. The average number of cattle in Bodzentyn is around 150. Currently, the prices for cattle are very low and most animals are not being sold and return to their farms. During our inspection we do not see any injured or sick animals.

At the horse market we do not see a single horse. There have…

30. October 2020

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report October: Farm Animal Service

Sieradowice. The owner presents new stable doors and a freshly paved yard.

This month, the work for our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team starts in Sieradowice. The farm owner finished paving the yard and installed a new stable door. As a reward for his good work, we trim the hooves of his two horses. Next, our team is driving to Mosty. Here too, the farm owner was supposed to build a new stable door. However, he did not…

30. September 2020

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report September: Farm Animal Service

Czastkow. The second part of the new stable is almost finished.

For our first visit this month, our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team is going to a farm in Michalow. We are asked to trim the hooves of two ponies that suffer from laminitis. The farrier that used to do it refused to come this time. In general, it is considered not profitable enough for farriers to only trim the hooves of one or two animals. This is…

29. September 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report September: Cattle and Horse Markets

Bodzentyn. Our team notices a cow with overgrown claws and reports this case to the competent authorities.

Our team is inspecting the animal markets in Bodzentyn and Lagow. At the horse market we do not see a single horse. It becomes ever more typical that there are no horses being sold at the Bodzentyn horse market anymore.

At the Lagow cattle market our team only documents three cows.  However, the traders keep haggling for over an hour. We hear the…

23. September 2020

Poland | Opoczno | Verdict in the case of an injured cow

The cow suffered heavily from an ingrown horn which caused chronic pain.

Today we are at court in Opoczno. We have been invited to a hearing on the verdict in an animal abuse case. A cow has been severely neglected by the owners. The animal suffered from an ingrown horn that caused chronic pain.

It has been a long fight for justice. In December 2018 our team found the injured animal during an inspection at the…

22. September 2020

Germany | Bautzen | Training on Animal Transports: Day 2

During the practical part of our training police officers and official veterinarians are controling animal transport vehicles.

On the second day of our training on animal transports we are inspecting live transports together with the attendants near Bautzen. Within three hours we find a national transport and the course attendants get the chance to put their theoretical knowledge from the day before on the test.

The transport is loaded with cows and calves in a separate…