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31. January 2021

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

Our team is inspecting the cattle market in Bodzentyn almost every week.

Our team is investigating the cattle market in Bodzentyn. In January, we document more traders and animals than during the previous months. This circumstance is probably related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the government decided to support Polish farmers by temporarily suspending the entry fee to animal markets.

During our market…

28. December 2020

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

Our team is inspecting the Bodzentyn animal markets every month.

Due to Christmas, we expect more animals at the Bodzentyn cattle market in December. However, our team finds that the number of cattle remains at its usual amount - about 150 animals. During our market inspection we do not observe any injured or neglected animals. The atmosphere during the market days is very calm.

At the horse market in…

30. November 2020

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

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

Due to the very low temperatures this month, the cattle trade did end much earlier than usual. Some traders decided not to unload the animals from their lorries to protect them from the cold. During our inspection we see mostly calves, young cattle and just very few cows. This time we do not observe any animal welfare violations.

Next, our team is…

31. October 2020

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

Most animals at the Bodzentyn cattle market are not sold and return to their farms.

The situation on the animal markets remains quite stable. The average number of cattle in Bodzentyn is around 150. Currently, the prices for cattle are very low and most animals are not being sold and return to their farms. During our inspection we do not see any injured or sick animals.

At the horse market we do not see a single horse. There have…

29. September 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report September: Cattle and Horse Markets

Bodzentyn. Our team notices a cow with overgrown claws and reports this case to the competent authorities.

Our team is inspecting the animal markets in Bodzentyn and Lagow. At the horse market we do not see a single horse. It becomes ever more typical that there are no horses being sold at the Bodzentyn horse market anymore.

At the Lagow cattle market our team only documents three cows.  However, the traders keep haggling for over an hour. We hear the…

23. September 2020

Poland | Opoczno | Verdict in the case of an injured cow

The cow suffered heavily from an ingrown horn which caused chronic pain.

Today we are at court in Opoczno. We have been invited to a hearing on the verdict in an animal abuse case. A cow has been severely neglected by the owners. The animal suffered from an ingrown horn that caused chronic pain.

It has been a long fight for justice. In December 2018 our team found the injured animal during an inspection at the…

31. August 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report August: Cattle and Horse Markets

Lagow. For unknown reasons the market is closed today.

Our team is on their way to the cattle market in Lagow. We want to inspect the market for animal welfare violations. When we arrive, we are surprised to find out that the entrance to the market is closed. The market is not operating today. However, we cannot find out why. We will look into this and continue with our animal welfare inspections as…

27. July 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report July: Cattle and Horse Markets

There are no animals at the Lagow cattle market.

This month our team starts their work with inspecting the horse market in Bodzentyn. Lately, the market became a place where farm equipment can be bought instead of horses. We have visited this market several times in the past months, however, we did not see a single horse being sold at this market for a long time. The situation at the Lagow cattle…

27. June 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report June: Cattle and Horse Markets

Lagow cattle market: Due to a lack buyers, the animals are not even unloaded from the lorries.

This month our team returns to the cattle market in Lago to ensure that the welfare of the animals being sold at the market is respected. Both animal markets in Lagow and Bodzentyn re-opened recently after the imposed restrictions related to COVID-19 were released.

The number of cattle present at the markets is very low. During our inspection…