Investigations by country:

05. June 2021

Spain | Murica | Inspection of fattening farms

A French bull in Spanish feedlot.

Our team is investigating several fattening farms together with our partner organisation, Animals International, and two Members of the European Parliament: Thomas Waitz, and Caroline Roose. Spain is the biggest exporter of cattle and the second biggest exporter of sheep to third countries in the EU. Spain exports most animals by sea.

We inspect…

03. June 2021

Spain | Port of Cartagena | Investigation: Live transports by sea

Vessel “FREEDOM” loading European animals destined for export to Lebanon.

In the beginning of June, our investigation team is travelling to Cartagena in Spain. Cartagena is one of the main EU exit ports for live animals that are sent via sea to non-European countries.  

In 2018, an audit carried out by the EU Commission discovered various animal welfare violations during the loading of animals from trucks onto vessels…

31. May 2021

Poland | Wachock | Helping animals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kittens suffering from cat’s flu receive medical treatment at the veterinary clinic.

This month our team continues to help cats and dogs in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poland is struggling with huge numbers of homeless animals. Therefore, our team tries to enhance the welfare of the animals by providing free neutering procedures and by providing medical care to animals in need.

Our team is organising the sterilisation of a…

31. May 2021

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly report May: Farm Animal Service

Wola Zamkowa. Our FAS team is looking after the hooves of a 27-year-old stallion.

Finally, our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team can continue with their work for the animals in May after the COVID-19 restrictions forced us to pause our work for two months.

Our first visit is on a farm in Sieradowice. The owner set up an electric fence and extended the paddock. Now his animals will have more space and enjoy their time on the…

30. May 2021

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report May: Cattle Market

Bodzentyn. Our team is inspecting the cattle market almost every Saturday.

This month only cattle market is operating in Bodzentyn. The bird market temporarily closed due to an outbreak of bird flu in the region. During our inspection of the cattle market our team mostly sees well-kept young cattle. We are glad that we do not have to report any animal welfare violations in May.

During an inspection of a truck, we are…

30. April 2021

Poland | Wachock | Helping cats and dogs in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The health of every animal is carefully examined before every surgery.

This month, two animal welfare volunteers from the region of Kielce ask our team for help. They are providing veterinary care for homeless animals and try to find permanent homes for them. We have been collaborating with them before and will support them again this April within the framework of our help-programme for cats and dogs in need during…

28. April 2021

PMSG investigation in Uruguay: Blood farm Biomega

Emaciated exhausted mares with infected puncture sites.

During an investigation into PMSG production in Uruguay, we observe the Biomega blood farm for three days. There, blood is taken from pregnant mares for the production of the fertility hormone PMSG. We had already filmed the violent handling of mares during blood collection in 2018, and despite promises by the Uruguayan government to improve the…

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…