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07. November 2019

Germany | Kassel | Event about Animal Exports to EU Third Countries

We are invited for a speech at an event held by two farmers associations in Germany.

The Kreisbauernverband Kassel e.V. and the Regionalbauernverband Kurhessen e. V. invited us for a speech to an event about animal exports to EU third countries to Kassel. Farmers are unsure which information they can trust and what to believe. The veterinary services are not approving any transports to third countries, the exporters claim there are…

18. October 2019

License denied for long-distant transport vehicles for unweaned calves

In a report by the Friedrich-Löffler-Institute (FLI), Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, the license for a special vehicle for the long-distant transports of so called unweaned calves (2-8 weeks old) was denied. This vehicle type is equipped with pivot drinkers which were supposed to ensure that calves are provided with the supplies they…

02. October 2019

Belgium | Brussels | Live Transports by Sea: Petition to the EU Parliament

Our lawyer, Manuela Giacomini, giving a speech at the EU parliament regarding the violations seen over the last years by AWF|TSB teams during sea transports of live animals

Our lawyer, Manuela Giacomini, gave a speech at the meeting of the Committee on Petitions (PETI) of the EU parliament regarding the violations during sea transports of live animals which are subject of our petitions No. 0629 /2016 and No. 1231/2017. The issue of live exports by road was already discussed in 2018, after our petition on the systemic…

28. September 2019

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

Walking with such overgrown claws is difficult and painful.

Whilst inspecting the cattle market we notice three cows with overgrown hooves. When we try to write down their ear tag numbers, we are blocked by the cows’ owner. He behaves nervously and loads his animals onto the truck. We are only able to take one picture and write down the registration number of one ear tag. We are going to report this case to…

25. September 2019

Poland | Voivodship Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report September: Farm Animal Service

Brody. An abscess was the reason for the lameness. We disinfect the wound and protect it with a special dressing.

First, our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team is called to a limping mare in Brody. During trimming we find an abscess in the hoof. It looks serious. We disinfect the abscess and put a special dressing on to protect the wound. Afterwards, the owner shows us that he has started to modernise the paddock for his horses. During our next visit, we are…

25. September 2019

Poland | Opoczno | Punishment for Animal Cruelty

Ingrown horns cause a lot of suffering for the animals.

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…

21. September 2019

Poland | Podmielowice | Injured cats

A cat with a broken leg is examined by a veterinarian before surgery.

We are informed about two injured cats that need help in the village Podmielowice. When we arrive, we find one animal with an open fracture of the hind leg and another with swollen testicles caused by injury. We are taking both cats to the veterinarian. After successful surgery both cats stay in the clinic.

A few days later we received the sad…

20. September 2019

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

We were invited to this course as experts to present the problems observed during live animal exports.

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…

12. September 2019

Poland| | Wloszczowa | Verdict in a case of an injured cow

Ingrown horns cause chronic pain. This cow suffered a lot.

Today we are in the court in Wloszczowa waiting for a judgment regarding a case of a cow with an ingrown horn in its head. We documented two injured animals at Lagow cattle market in September 2018. We sent a notification about the offence to the police. However, only one complaint was forwarded to the court by the police so far. The other case is…