Investigations by country:

21. July 2020

Bulgaria | Kapitan Andreevo | Live transports by road to Turkey

The long waiting hours in the extreme summer heat are causing unnecessary suffering to these animals.

Our team is in Bulgaria in the village of Kapitan Andreevo which marks the external border of the EU with Turkey. This is the tenth year in a row that our teams have been on the lookout for animal transports in extreme temperatures. During this investigation we inspect 28 animal transporters in total. The vehicles that leave the exit point of…

15. August 2017

Bulgaria | Kapitan Andreevo | BG-TR border investigation

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Again, in the morning the team on the Bulgarian side of the border have their hands full. We see a very overcrowded sheep transport and a distressed heifer rolling her tongue – a possible sign of thirst and heat stress. We start filming and document this reflex repeated continuously for over two minutes! One mystery truck passes by us quickly, but…

14. August 2017

Bulgaria | Kapitan Andreevo | BG-TR border investigation

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A quick morning look at the situation at the border keeps us busy without time to eat or drink for almost five hours! We inspect 14 trucks trying to make their way to the border – the second lane is blocked by parked trucks, as usual. Animal transporters wait for more than one hour to enter the border area. Two drivers call the police to help…

13. August 2017

Bulgaria | Kapitan Andreevo | BG-TR border investigation

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Sunday. We know that the nearby control post in Svilengrad is full of trucks, so we expect today or tomorrow morning to be very busy. Today, we only see cattle transported, and the temperature remains very high: already before 10am it is 33 degrees. Later during the day, we document temperature inside trucks exceeding 37 degrees, and yet not every…

12. August 2017

Bulgaria | Kapitan Andreevo | BG-TR border investigation

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A busy day! The team on the Bulgarian side of the border documents nine transports today. The morning starts with young heifers being transported from Romania. According to the drivers, the animals rested in the nearby control post, and indeed they look okay, but their number is worrying: over 80 on each truck! We are relieved to see that the…

11. August 2017

Bulgaria | Kapitan Andreevo | BG-TR border investigation

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Today we document three sheep transports crossing the border in the early afternoon. The heat is severe and the unshorn sheep from Romania suffer immensely on board of trucks. We see at least one leg trapped between the floor and the wall of the trailer. The sheep are breathing heavily, look exhausted, while overcrowding with insufficient headspace…

10. August 2017

Bulgaria | Kapitan Andreevo | BG-TR border investigation

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The team on the Bulgarian side watch the border from late morning. We see only one truck crossing during the day, others choose the night, with lower temperatures but longer waiting times to cross. Five of six trucks loaded with cattle look overcrowded, which means even greater suffering for the animals. Moreover, water troughs are dirty and full…

09. August 2017

Bulgaria | Kapitan Andreevo | BG-TR border investigation

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TSB|AWF and EonA teams are documenting the situation on the Bulgarian/Turkish border Kapitan Andreevo/Kapikule. In the night, the team on the Bulgarian side inspects nine long-distance transports of pregnant heifers waiting in a very long line-up to cross the border. The access to the border on both lanes is completely blocked by trucks. Therefore,…

01. July 2017

Bulgaria | Turkey | Animal transports to Turkey

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Animal Welfare Foundation/ Tierschutzbund Zuerich and Eyes on Animals have one team on each side of the border of Bulgaria and Turkey. This week the temperatures are extremely high, with a peak of 43°C.  Since years we have been sending reports and complaints to the EU Commission and the Member States about the immense animal welfare problems…