Investigations by country:

30. November 2021

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly report November: Farm Animal Service

Kurzacze. The mare is very nervous, and we have to postpone the trimming of her hooves.

This month, the work for our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team starts with a warning in Paprocice. The owners of the farm need to repair the dilapidated doghouse as soon as possible. The temperatures are decreasing, and their dog is not properly protected against cold weather.

The next farm we are visiting is located in Sieradowice. Here, we trim the…

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 | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly report October: Farm Animal Service

Okalina. We trim the hooves of four horses. All suffer from laminitis.

October is a busy month for our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team. We start our work by trimming the hooves of four horses on a farm in Okalina. All for animals suffer from laminitis. Recently, the owner started to build a new stable for the small herd and is currently waiting for help to finish the roof.  

Next, we drive to farm in Niedospielin to…

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

Workers use brute force to move the mares into the restraint boxes.

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…