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13. October 2015

France | Animal Transport | File a legal complaint for cruelty to animals

[Translate to English:] Dieses Kalb konnte nicht aus eigenen Kräften gehen und wurde mit Gewalt verladen.

The Tierschutzbund Zürich and the Animal Welfare Foundation bring a charge against the control post in Soppe-le-Bas, France, for cruelty to animals. Last April we documented that two downer calves from Poland were loaded by force onto a livestock truck. The calves, which were only a few weeks old, were obviously unfit for transport. They should…

19. April 2015

France-Spain | Animal Transports

[Translate to English:] Dieses Kalb hat den langen Transport nicht überlebt.

At midday, the calves from Poland and Lithuania are re-loaded at the control post in France. Instead of the mandatory 24 hours, the calves have only been rested for 18 hours. Our team observes that a calf falls down on the loading ramp, remains on the ground and is pulled back into the stable at its tail. Instead of being treated by a veterinarian,…

18. April 2015

Poland-France | Animal Transports

[Translate to English:] Ein junges, nicht abgesetztes Kalb aus Polen, das nach Spanien transportiert wird.

Our team drives to a control post in France, where unweaned calves are rested and fed on the way from Poland to Spain. In the late afternoon two transporters arrive at the stable, loaded with calves from Poland and Lithuania which are only two to three weeks old. Some still have the umbilical cord. The calves are mooing loudly and licking the metal…

18. April 2015

Turkey | Bursa | First visit of Edemen slaughterhouse

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Today the EonA/AWF team and Dr. Ellen Eser from BSI Schwarzenbek visit Edemen slaughterhouse in Bursa. The owner bought this slaughterhouse seven months ago. We spotted mainly the same problems as in most other Turkish slaughterhouses (no anti-mounting racks, bulls mounting each-other and falling down, slippery floors, open sides of raceway risking…

18. April 2015

Poland-Germany | Trailing of a transport with calves

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At a gas station near Warcaw our team waits for transports with calves from the Baltic States. These calves are sent on the longest journeys in Europe, even though it is not possible to supply them on the vehicle according to the requirements of the EU regulation for the protection of animals during transport.
At 3:30 am the team sees a transporter…

16. April 2015

Argentina | Ayacucho | Farm of Syntex | Blood farms for hormone production

[Translate to English:] Eine Stute versucht in Panik, aus der Fixierbox zu springen.

A camera installed inside the lairage area of Syntex has recorded five hours of the blood drawing process, from 8:00 to 13:00. The video footage shows that the blood is taken from the mares during 10 minutes. Approx. 8 to 10 litres of blood can be taken in 10 minutes. When the extraction is finished, the workers pull out the drain tube forcefully…

16. April 2015

Turkey | Bolu | Follow-up inspection of Kurucay slaughterhouse

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Today the EonA/AWF team and Dr. Ellen Eser from BSI Schwarzenbek did a follow-up inspection of Kurucay slaughterhouse. The team had inspected this plant for the first time in October 2014 and had many concerns about the installations and design of the equipment used. We had sent them our report and training material, indicating what steps they…

15. April 2015

Argentina | Ayacucho | Farm of Syntex | Blood farms for hormone production

[Translate to English:] Einzelboxen, in denen die Stuten für die Blutentnahme fixiert werden.

When we arrive at the Syntex farm at 21:30, it is already pitch-black. There are a lot of lights on, but all is quiet. The lairage area, where the blood is taken from the mares, is empty. There are approx. 14 individual stalls made of wood and alleys leading up to them. In the covered passageway between the stalls and the office/laboratory…

14. April 2015

Turkey | Ankara | Seminar on animal-welfare during slaughter

[Translate to English:] Asalet und Lesley

On Monday the 13th and Tuesday the 14th of April, Eyes on Animals and Animal Welfare Foundation organized, together with Redrock and Austrade (Australian Trade Commission) the second animal welfare seminar for slaughter animals in Turkey. The conference and training on "Improving Animal Welfare and Meat Quality in Turkey" was held at Ankara…