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30. November 2021

Cruel transports by sea from the EU - 38 hours waiting time before unloading

Once again, our teams, together with our partner organisation IALS, uncovers violations of the EU animal welfare transport regulation: At the beginning of November, the livestock carrier Shorthorn Express leaves Portugal with over 3,000 young bulls on board. We track the transport using GPS data. Six days later, the ship reached the port of…

12. November 2021

Phoenix III: Another live export tragedy at sea after the vessel incidents Karim Allah and Elbeik

Video material by our partner organisation IALS in Haifa show exhausted animals crammed into trucks directly after being unloaded from the Phoenix III.

Two weeks long live animal transport from Portugal to Israel - livestock vessel stuck off the Italian coast for two days, 14 animals died during the trip. NGOs call on the ANIT Committee to ask for a ban of live animal transport at sea.

The vessel Phoenix III, heading to the Israel Shipyard Port in Haifa, Israel with a cargo of 1,200 young bulls…

15. June 2021

Croatia| Port of Raša | Sea transport from Croatia to Jordan, Egypt, and Israel

Our team observes the loading of bulls onto the vessel TULIP in the port of Raša.

At the beginning of June, our team is travelling to Croatia. We spend more than a week close to the port of Raša. It one of the exit ports of live animals to non-European countries.

After sending several complaints to the authorities the EU-Commission carried out an audit of the port in 2018. Like our investigators in the years before, the EU…

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…

16. March 2021

Livestock carrier Elbeik with 1,700 calves on bord stuck at sea since three months

The odyssey of the European calves stuck on the livestock carrier Elbeik continues. After the Elbeik left the Spanish port of Cartagena in December, it is now returning back to European waters.

In January our teams discovered the animal welfare scandal and have been working non-stop to find a solution for the animals ever since. We suspect that…

13. February 2021

EU live exports by sea: Cattle with bluetongue disease held aboard for almost two months

Our teams document the loading of European animals onto the livestock vessel Elbeik. Port of Tarragona, Spain.

Yesterday evening we received the news that sick cattle from the EU have been detained aboard the livestock carrier "Elbeik" for almost two months. There is a suspicion of a bluetongue disease outbreak. For this reason, animals were not allowed to be unloaded in the destination country Libya. Since then, the ship has stopped in several countries…

15. January 2021

Livestock vessel ETAB finally refused access to Paris MoU region

Our teams have been monitoring the ETAB in several EU ports. Here in the French port of Sète in 2020.

The livestock carrier ETAB was detained three times in various EU ports due to serious deficiencies in the past 36 months. Our teams also repeatedly documented animal welfare violations during live transports carried out by ETAB. Most recently, our teams investigated the ETAB in July 2020 during the loading of animals in the Spanish port of…

30. July 2020

France | Port of Sète | Live transports by sea

Our team observes how dock workers are loading the ETAB with straw for the next journey.

Our team is in France for an investigation in the EU port of Sète. From this port, live animals from Europe are often shipped across the Mediterranean to the Maghreb states and the Middle East.

During our investigation, we document two animal transport ships in the port of Sète: ALONDRA (year of construction: 1995) and ETAB (year of construction:…