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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…

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…

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…

28. January 2021

Brussels: Eurogroup for Animals launches White Paper on the Revision of the Transport Regulation

Source: Eurogroup for Animals

Yesterday, our partners in Brussels, the Eurogroup for Animals, presented their demands for the revision of the EU transport regulation. The revision of this EU law is a milestone in the history of animal welfare.

Our team was also present at the launch of the white paper - as support for technical questions. In advance, our teams supported the…

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…

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…

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…

30. July 2020

France | Port of Sète | Live transports by sea

Our team observes how dock workers are loading the ETAB with straw for the next journey.

Our team is in France for an investigation in the EU port of Sète. From this port, live animals from Europe are often shipped across the Mediterranean to the Maghreb states and the Middle East.

During our investigation, we document two animal transport ships in the port of Sète: ALONDRA (year of construction: 1995) and ETAB (year of construction:…

28. July 2020

Belgium | Flemish Region | Transport of unweaned calves to France

The calves have not been supplied with milk replacer during transport. They show visible signs of hunger by mooing loudly and biting on the bars of the truck.

Our team is investigating in Belgium to monitor the transport of unweaned calves. The term “unweaned” is used to describe calves up to the age of eight weeks since these young animals are still reliant on milk.

On our first investigation day, we covertly observe how livestock trucks from Germany are delivering calves to a Belgian assembly centre…