Poland: Farm Animal Service

Neglect and poverty on many farms
Many farmers lack the necessary money to pay for the medical treatment of their animals

We help farm animals in cooperation with veterinarians, farriers and other supporters
The Farm Animal Service (FAS) team controls the husbandry of farm animals in the region of Bodzentyn, Poland. The dates for our investigations are predominantly arranged at the horse- and cattle markets. Controls involve the monitoring of stables, care, access to open-air spaces (such as paddocks), as well as the feeding, health and handling of horses and cattle. The team consists of a farrier and two people taking care of wound- and parasite treatments. Some horses also receive dental, worm and wound treatments and we assist farmers with our expertise in animal health and husbandry questions. Moreover, brochures are provided to inform farmers about common husbandry and feeding mistakes which are often the main cause for many health issues that affect horses and cattle.    

Our aim is to improve the living conditions of farm animals
Therefore, we have launched a programme back in 2017 which aims to encourage and develop the self-interest of farm owners. What we offer: The farmers can choose from a list of 10 improvement suggestions which they should aim to implement within a given time frame. Their successful commitment is then "rewarded" by us with free services such as: hoof care, free houses for the dogs living on the farm, and other incentives targeted towards the welfare of their animals. Farmers who do not want to participate in the programme are not granted access to our services.  

We cooperate with public authorities
All investigations are documented with photo material and in written from. If we discover infringements of animal protection laws, we issue a warning to the responsible farmers, and in repetitive cases we report them to the authorities. The FAS team cooperates with public bodies for the protection of farm animals.  

The FAS team advises and supports farm owners. Confrontation and conflict are avoided where possible.

Download our reports (available in German only):

Report 2 | 2018

Our Projects in Poland
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Report 1 | 2014

Progress in Poland

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Report 2 | 2012

Farm Animal Service
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Report 2 | 2011

Farm Animal Service
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Recent investigations:

31July2019

Poland | Chancza | Inspection of a problematic farm

Our team tries to enter the problematic farm in Chancza.

We are asked by the veterinary inspection to visit a problematic farm in Chancza. The farm is described as a neglected place operated by an aggressive man who has problem with alcohol addiction. He has four aggressive dogs and an emaciated mare. Apparently, the owner is aggressive and not cooperative at all. The veterinary inspection had to ask…

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31July2019

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report July: Farm Animal Service

Zlotniki. We are installing a new doghouse.

This month, we are first visiting new farms that would like to join to our programme to improve the welfare of farm animals. The first farm in Tarczek is generally well-maintained, but we are concerned about the pony. It appears to be neglected. It has a dirty coat and very long and twisted hooves. We are talking with the owner about this issue. We…

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