Investigations by country:

23. April 2021

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report April: Animal Markets

Due to the subsidies for owning farm animals, it is mostly calves, and young heifers that are being sold at the Bodzentyn cattle market.

Our team inspects the cattle market in Bodzentyn. Since the beginning of the governmental subsidies for farm animal owners, mainly calves and young heifers are being sold at the market. The average number of 200 to 300 animals remains stable during the market days in April.

This month, our team decides to inspect the bird market that seems to be…

31. March 2021

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

Bodzentyn cattle market. Mainly young animals are being sold recently.

This month our team receives the official information that the horse market in Bodzentyn and the cattle market in Lagow stopped operating. This is the reason why our team has not documented any animals during their market inspections since a couple of months.

There is only one market selling live animals left now that our team routinely inspects…

27. March 2021

Italy | Altedo | Inspection of a lamb transport from Romania

The drinkers are not suitable for lambs. The animals cannot access any water without assistance.

Our team, accompanied by three members of the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport (ANIT), are following a truck from Romania that is in violation of the EU live transport regulation. Therefore, we call the police to stop the truck. At 3:45 p.m. the police manages to stop the transporter in Altedo. The police officers…

26. March 2021

Italy | Florence | Inspection of a lamb transport from Poland

The members of the EU Parliament Thomas Waitz, Caroline Roose, and Tilly Metz are convincing themselves of the transport conditions of live animals in Europe.

Today, our team is accompanied by three members of the European Parliament during today's live transport controls: Tilly Metz, Caroline Roose and Thomas Waitz. The three MEP belong to the Green party and are members of the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport (ANIT). They are joining us to gather information about the…

25. March 2021

Italy | Porto Viro | Inspection of a lamb transport from Romania

Our investigation team discusses the animal welfare infringements.

Our team follows a Croatian truck with lambs on board starting at the Slovenian-Italian border. The truck loaded too many lambs. We are informing the highway police. Shortly before the scheduled inspection, the truck leaves the motorway near Venice and continues south on the national road.

It is midnight when the Italian police officers, the…

28. February 2021

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report February: Farm Animal Service

Bronkowice. The owner releases a calf which he tethered by the horns after our team reprimands him for this dangerous practice.

Finally, this month our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team can return to work after being forced into a break by the worsening COVID-19 pandemic last winter.  

Our first visit is on a farm in Marcinkow. There we trim the hooves of five horses. All of them need special care because they have a history with founder (laminitis). Next, our FAS team drives…

28. February 2021

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report February: Cattle and Horse Markets

Due to the low temperatures not as many animals are being sold at the Bodzentyn cattle market.

At the beginning of February, we observe less animals than usual during our inspection of the Bodzentyn cattle market. We suspect that the reason for the small number of animals at the market is due to the very low temperatures reaching minus 17˚C. However, during next inspections we observe that the number of animals is slightly increasing. We…

07. February 2021

Canada | Alberta | Feedlots of Bouvry slaughterhouse

No protection from the cold – not even for heavily pregnant mares.

Together with our North American partners, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition and Animals’ Angels USA, we have been documenting the horse feedlots at the Bouvry slaughterhouse in Alberta for many years. Here, thousands of horses are fattened with grain feed to their maximum slaughter weight. Our previous investigations have uncovered tremendous…

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…