Investigations by country:

30. December 2021

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report November: Animal Markets

Our team member Bogdan looks after the injured pigeon.

During all our inspection days in November, the number of animals at the cattle market remains low. There are never more than 150 animals present at the market. We do not see any neglected or injured animals. However, we spot an injured pigeon and take it home with us to look after it. Unfortunately, our help came too late. Sadly, the bird passed…

31. October 2021

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report October: Animal Markets

Bodzentyn cattle market: Our team on their way to inspect the cattle market.

Our team is inspecting the animal markets in Bodzentyn. On both, the cattle, and the bird market, we observe mostly well-kept animals. There are not many animals at the market. Therefore, the trade ends early. The number of animals has been decreasing since years. The traders suspect that the cattle market in Bodzentyn will soon close its doors…

31. October 2021

Poland | Wachock | Anna Lorenzen: Committed to animal welfare since 20 years

31 October 2021 – Anna’s last day of work.

Anna has been committed to helping since 20 years. The first time she worked with us was over ten years ago at the largest regional Polish market for "slaughter" horses in Bodzentyn. Up to 1,000 horses per week, brutally handled, brutally loaded and transported. Today this market no longer exists, also thanks to Anna's consistent market…

26. October 2021

Police Training | Osnabrück | Road inspections with police on the A33

The participants of the seminar are inspecting live transports on the A33 with police Osnabrück (Germany).

The theoretical part of the seminar was followed today by road inspections on a parking lot at the A33. It was a successful day for the participants of the seminar, resulting in 22 inspected live transports. Besides several transports loaded with pigs, we inspected cattle, calves, chickens, turkey chicks, horses, fish, goat kids, and a truck with…

25. October 2021

Police Training | Osnabrück | Seminar on live transport – Theory

Theory: „Inspections of live transports” at the police Osnabrück.

After the first seminar on road inspections of live transports in 2018 for the police in Osnabrück, we are now conducting a follow up seminar. Together with our expert, the veterinarian Dr Alexander Rabitsch, our team provides the welfare related provisions of the EU Regulation 1/2005, and the national regulation on the protection of animals during…

30. September 2021

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report September: Animal Markets

Bodzentyn: Our team is checking the tethering of the calf.

Also in September, the situation at the animal markets in Bodzentyn remains unchanged. The number of cattle being sold at the market has been low for months. Most of the animals are calves. Due to very low prices, many animals are not sold at the market and transported back home. During our market inspection, our team does not document any animal…

17. September 2021

Czech Republic| Rozvadov | Transport of calves to Spain

Unweaned calves from the Czech Republic en route to Spain.

Our team trails a Polish transporter loaded with 232 calves from Czech Republic. The calves have not been weaned yet. This means that they are still reliant on milk. During a stop close to the German border we inspect the loading conditions of the calves. The truck is equipped with a drinking system for pigs. This not appropriate to provide liquids…

15. September 2021

Iceland | PMSG production | Blood extraction

On this relatively small blood farm, blood is extracted today from 60 mares in three restraint boxes, which takes three hours in total. The mares are restrained in the boxes with a belt over their backs so that they cannot rear up. Their heads are pulled up by a rope and fixed to one side of the box. Then, a large-bore cannula is inserted into…

10. September 2021

Iceland | PMSG production | Blood extraction

Video footage obtained on a large blood farm with six restraint boxes shows the everyday treatment of blood mares during blood extraction. The entire procedure, lasting three hours in total, is stressful for the semi-wild horses.

The mares and foals are herded from the pasture to the blood collection site with honking cars, shouting people and…