21May2019

Germany | Alliance 90/The Greens meeting on animal exports to non-EU countries

We are reporting on the risks for animals during transport in non-EU countries.

The urgent need for action concerning the export of bovines to non-EU countries is discussed at an information event by the German party "Alliance 90/The Greens" under the leadership of Bernd Voß (Member of the Landtag Schleswig-Holstein). We report on the situation of certain non-EU export routes and inform about inspection reports published by…

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29April2019

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

We are writing down the ear tag number of an emaciated cow.

Whilst inspecting the cattle market in Lagow, our team notices a cow with overgrown hooves. We are taking photos and writing down the ear tag number. In the meantime, the trader who bought the animal to the markets starts yelling at us. The Veterinary Inspector sees the whole situation and decides to thoroughly inspect the trader`s documents and…

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26April2019

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report April: Farm Animal Service

Wola Zamkowa. A happy farmer and a happy horse in brand new stable.

Our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team visits the farm in Wola Zamkowa again to check on the lame mare. So far, we do not see any progress. This is our fourth visit in total. Because our latest treatment does not work, we decide to look deeper into the hoof. Finally, we find an abscess located almost one centimetre underneath the hoof sole. We clean…

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17April2019

Slovenia, Italy | Transport of lambs

Italian police stopping a Hungarian truck with lambs.

Every year before Easter, Italy imports tens of thousands of lambs for slaughter, mainly from Romania and Hungary. AWF|TSB teams check on the transport conditions, supported by the Italian animal welfare organisation ENPA. We inspect a total of eleven trucks, three of them together with the Italian police. All three are in breach of the EU animal…

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12April2019

Poland, Hungary | Positive response to our sheep transport document

The national competent authorities of Poland and Hungary respond in a very positive way to our handout about sheep transport.

Based on our experience and legal knowledge, TSB|AWF prepared a document summarising the most frequent violations found during the transport of sheep, especially lambs. In 2018 and this year before Easter – peak time…

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30March2019

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report March: Cattle & Horse Markets

Veterinary inspectors cannot strike openly. They continue to work and express their protest by wearing jackets and badges with protest logos.

This month, our team visits the animal markets seven times, including the annual horse fair in Skaryszew (see investigation report 12th of March 2019). Despite the national Veterinary Inspection protest in Poland, the inspectors are present at the cattle market every time. Moreover, they organise joined controls with ITD (Road Transport Police)…

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29March2019

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly report March: Farm Animal Service (FAS)

Nowy Jawor. This foal needs training in picking up the leg.

Our FAS team visits the farm in Wzdol to check on the infrastructure that can be accessed by farm animals in emergency cases. Polish municipalities are obligated by law to prepare such spots. The place is big enough to accommodate over a dozen farm animals. However, it needs cleaning and small renovations. Next, our farriers control the farm in…

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21March2019

Poland | Starachowice | Court Case No.4

Court case: Bull with an ingrown metal chain.

We are hearing the verdict in the case of a bull with part of metal chain ingrown in his head, the one that we documented during cattle market in May 2018.As always in cases of abuse, we reported it to the Police. This time, two persons are accused: the previous owner who allowed the chain to grow into the bull’s head, and the trader who - against…

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21March2019

Ireland | Grange | EU Animal Welfare Platform: Animal Transports

Calves trying to drink water from pig drinkers.

For the second time stakeholders and experts meet in Grange (DG SANTE) to discuss animal transport issues. The claims of our laywers against the EU Commission supported the focus projects on the agenda. In three working groups cattle exports, transport of unweaned calves and extreme temperatures are discussed. The platform was initiated to give…

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15March2019

Germany | Round table discussion about animal exports

The Ministry for Environment of the federal country of Hessen stopped with a decision animal exports to 14 third countries. The reason is concrete evidence of risks for the animals´ welfare during transport and slaughter. During the round table discussion, where we are participating, the industry is requested to provide evidence that the…

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15March2019

Italy | Rome | EU Training course on animal welfare during transport

Our team is invited as an expert to the first four-day edition course on animal welfare during transport (advanced level) under the initiative "Better Training for Safer Food" by the European Commission. Attendants of the event include veterinarian competent authorities from different EU member states involved in official control activities on…

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12March2019

Poland | Skaryszew | Horse market and vehicle inspection

The TSB|AWF and Eyes on Animals (EonA) team returns for the 4th time to Skaryszew to evaluate whether anything has changed at the annual horse market. Chances for a lasting change are higher with a new Mayor elected last autumn. In February, we were invited to give a training on legal requirements related to the market operation. The participants…

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