Investigations by country:

22. June 2020

Spain | Catalonia | Export of calves: Dying calf on fattening farm

We detect a dying calf that is left without medical assistance on the fattening farm.

Our team is investigating fattening farms in the Spanish region of Lleida. This is also where unweaned calves from Germany are transported. After six to ten months of fattening, these calves are exported to countries outside European Union by sea. 

On the first investigation day we spot a calf outside the fattening farm pen. The calf is lying in…

21. June 2020

Spain | Tarragona | Live exports by sea

A journalist is accompanying our investigators in Spain.

Our team is investigating in the Spanish export harbour Tarragona. We are accompanied by a journalist. Together we want to collect information about live export by sea from Spain. 

Currently, animals are loaded on export ships in Tarragona almost on a daily basis. The demand for live animals from the Middle East is very high at the moment because…

18. October 2018

Germany | Bad Waldsee | Transport of unweaned calves from Germany to Spain

In the beginning of October, AWF|TSB team drives 1160 km for more than 22 hours, trailing a truck which is transporting young German calves from Bad Waldsee (south of Germany) to a calf assembly centre in Vic (northern Spain). The youngest calf is just 15 days old.As victims of the German dairy industry (the main European milk producer), thousands…

12. July 2018

Spain | Tarragona | Shiptransport - ongoing investigations

[Translate to English:] “Britta K” steht bereit zum Laden von EU-Tieren für Libyen.

Thanks to our undercover team, we observe the loading of the animals on the “Britta K” vessel. This time, the loading is done in a professional way. However, most of the animals will suffer as a consequence of the long journey by the sea in bad conditions. For this reason, AWF|TSB will continue observing and denouncing these horrible export…

12. July 2018

Spain | Tarragona | Ship transport - observations in the harbour

[Translate to English:] Das Tiertransportschiff "Britta K" erreicht den Hafen von Taragona.

Today is time to inspect the situation in Tarragona. Our team waits the whole day for the arrival of the vessel “Britta K”, which is coming to load cattle from different countries from Europe. We know this Lebanese vessel quite well from previous investigations, and we know its reputation of not being really “friendly” in respect to animal welfare.

12. July 2018

Spain | Cartagena | Ship transport - loading day 4

[Translate to English:] Wir beobachten im Hafen das Tiertransportschiff "Fidelity".

Today “Fidelity”, a huge vessel loaded with thousands of animals, is departing from Cartagena. After a miserable life on the farms, these animals have been transported to Spain by road (a journey lasting days) from all over Europe in horrible conditions. But their journey is not over yet, they still have very long trip ahead, lasting days or even…

12. July 2018

Spain | Cartagena | Loading of suffering animals onto vessels (day 3)

[Translate to English:] Das Schiff "Fidelity" lädt EU-Tiere für Libyen.

Last night, the vessels “Captain Badr” and “Spiridon II” also left Cartagena, this time, carrying animals to Libya and Algeria. However, it does not mean the end of arrival of new empty vessels and new trucks loaded with animals: today a big vessel “Fidelity” will be loaded. Our undercover team observe hundreds of animals inside the trucks in very…

12. July 2018

Spain | Cartagena | Loading of suffering animals onto vessels (day 2)

[Translate to English:] Mehrere Tiertransporter parken in der prallen Sonne und warten auf die Entladung und Verladung der Tiere auf die "Spiridon II".

The vessels “Amira Lola” and “Freedom” already left to Lebanon and Libya, where horrible slaughter methods are waiting for the animals on board. Meanwhile, today more trucks loaded with animals from all over Europe are arriving by the road to load two other vessels: “Captain Badr” and “Spiridon II”. Our team observes the unprofessional loading of…

12. July 2018

Spain | Cartagena | Loading of suffering animals onto vessels (day 1)

[Translate to English:] Das Tiertransportschiff Amira Lola wird beladen.

We observe how two gigantic empty ships: “Amira Lola” and “Freedom” arrive to the port. At the same time first trucks loaded with thousands of animals are arriving by the road to load the vessels. The animals on board of trucks are already exhausted, showing heat stress symptoms. Sadly, our team documents animals in agony that probably will die…