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29. February 2020

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly report February: Farm Animal Service

Sarniec Zwola. Our team is trimming the claws of a limping cow.

This month our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team starts their work on a farm in Siekierno. We are visiting this place for the first time. This small farm belongs to young farmer. He keeps two young horses and three cows. The animals are kept boxes and outside on paddocks. The owner agrees with the rules and guidelines of our ATET programme and signs…

28. February 2020

Australia | Echuca, Victoria | Horse auction

The auctioneer, accompanied by several people, walks on a bridge above the horses.

The horse auction in Echuca is where kill buyers purchase their horses. Kill buyer Peter Loffel, whose assembly centres we have been observing in the previous days, also buys horses at this auction. Equipped with hidden cameras, we are going to the auction as a team of three. The auctioneer moves from pen to pen above the horses. His roaring voice…

24. February 2020

Australia | Mooroopna, Victoria | Horse assembly centres of Peter Loffel

An emaciated thoroughbred mare, discarded by the racing industry at Loffel’s assembly centre.

Our team is investigating two assembly centres in Mooroopna, Victoria. They belong to kill buyer Peter Loffel. The first one is located next to a main road and is visible to the public, while the second assembly centre is well hidden in the forest. Peter Loffel has been supplying Meramist abattoir for many years. The abattoir is over 1,500 km away…

24. February 2020

Australia | Victoria | Horsemeat imports: Interview with informant Kim

The label of phenylbutazone states: “Not to be used in horses intended for human consumption.”

We meet up with informant Kim. She wants to remain anonymous. Her name has been changed. Kim has been investigating the fate of retired racing horses for a long time.

We talk to Kim about traceability and food safety issues. She explains that the owner has to fill out a horse vendor declaration stating any medical treatments the horse has…

18. February 2020

Poland | Wachock | Cats & Dogs

We are taking Muszka, a female dog, to the veterinary clinic where she will be sterilised.

Our team receives anonymous information about a lady from Wachock who is collecting and breeding small animals. Our team drives to Wachock to check on the condition of the animals. When we arrive, we are welcomed by a woman with a mild mental disability. She lives in a very small apartment together with her father. She keeps two dogs, a cat and…

31. January 2020

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report January: Farm Animal Service

Bodzentyn. The teeth of this stallion have very sharp edges and need trimming.

This month our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team starts their work on a farm in Celiny. Our plan is to trim the hooves of a young mare. However, when we arrive the mare is not willing to cooperate and does not leave her stable. We are trying to convince her, but we do not succeed. Therefore, we have to stop our work for now. In the meantime, the owner…

31. January 2020

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

Bodzentyn. Due to the subsidies, most of the animals at the market are calves.

This month, we do not observe any injured or neglected animals whilst inspecting the cattle market in Bodzentyn. The veterinary inspection is controlling every market, sometimes also with the assistance of local police. The average number of cattle present at the market amounts to about 150 animals. The majority are calves. The government will…

30. December 2019

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report December: Cattle & Horse Markets

Cattle market. Since there are not so many animals being sold, the market gets empty quite early.

This month, we assume that there will be much more animals at the cattle market because Christmas is upcoming. Nevertheless, we do not see more animals than usual. We do not observe any injured or neglected animals, either. The veterinary inspector is controlling the trucks. Later, we are informed they are going to inspect every market until…

20. December 2019

Poland | Swietokrzyskie | Monthly Report December: Farm Animal Service

Sadlowice. We are cutting the claws of two cows. They are too long.

Our Farm Animal Service (FAS) team is called to the farm in Dabrowa where two stallions have problems with eating. We are checking their teeth. They are very sharp, and we must trim them. During trimming we discover that one of the stallions has a wisdom tooth that needs to be removed as well. After the treatment our team is visiting another farm.…