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06. August 2019

Germany | Federal Minister Julia Klöckner stops long-distant transports of unweaned calves to Spain

Thirsty calves desperately trying to drink water from pig drinkers that are not appropriate for them.

The German Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Julia Klöckner, asked the Bavarian State Minister for Enviromental and Consumer Protection Affairs, Thorsten Glauber, in a letter to stop long-distance transports of unweaned calves from Bavaria to Spain. 

Julia Klöckner strongly emphasises in her letter that there are no…

17. April 2019

Slovenia, Italy | Transport of lambs

Italian police stopping a Hungarian truck with lambs.

Every year before Easter, Italy imports tens of thousands of lambs for slaughter, mainly from Romania and Hungary. AWF|TSB teams check on the transport conditions, supported by the Italian animal welfare organisation ENPA. We inspect a total of eleven trucks, three of them together with the Italian police. All three are in breach of the EU animal…

12. April 2019

Poland, Hungary | Positive response to our sheep transport document

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The national competent authorities of Poland and Hungary respond in a very positive way to our handout about sheep transport.

Based on our experience and legal knowledge, TSB|AWF prepared a document summarising the most frequent violations found during the transport of sheep, especially lambs. In 2018 and this year before Easter – peak time…

18. October 2018

Poland | Germany | France | Transport of unweaned calves

[Translate to English:] Unser Team folgt einem Kälbertransporter über 1480 km und 22 Stunden von Polen nach Frankreich.

A team from AWF|TSB and our French partner organisation Welfarm follows a truck that is transporting calves from Poland to Spain. The calves are younger than eight weeks and are therefore considered as unweaned. Three of them are just 15 days old. According to the EU animal transport regulation 1/2005, unweaned calves must be given liquid which is…

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…

22. June 2018

Germany | Bad Waldsee | Export of unweaned calves by Rinderunion

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Our team has been observing the exports of unweaned calves from the Rinderunion at Bad Waldsee for more than a year now. The transporter S. Röck is required by the competent authorities to feed the calves mid-journey at the control post of Bardy Bresse in France, before the animals are carried on to the assembly centre  in Vic/ Spain. In autum 2017…

17. June 2017

Poland | Germany | Trailing of three transports with unweaned calves

[Translate to English:] Durstige Kälber versuchen verzweifelt, an den ungeeigneten Metallnippeln zu trinken.

From 16th to 17th of June, teams from AWF|TSB trailed three transports with calves from Lithuania and from Poland to Spain and to the Netherlands. All transports were carrying unweaned calves in the age of less than 8 weeks. Those animals are still depending on milk, milk replacer or electrolyte solution and on special feeding equipment and…

30. March 2017

Poland | Podhale | Transport of lambs from Poland to Italy

[Translate to English:] Ein verzweifeltes Lamm zeigt den Saugreflex.

We inspect a sale market of lambs in southern Poland and follow a long-distance transport from this sale to a slaughterhouse in Italy. The truck carries 800 lambs, loaded on four decks in crowded conditions and with insufficient headspace. The lambs differ in sizes and ages and most of them are still on a milk diet. The driver makes several breaks…

18. March 2016

Poland | Highway Poland-Italy | Transport of lambs

[Translate to English:] Ein Lamm hat ein Bein zwischen dem Boden und der Wand eingeklemmt, was eine hohe Verletzungsgefahr darstellt.

We follow a long-distance transport of lambs from a sale in southern Poland to a slaughterhouse in Italy. The truck carries 700 lambs and is loaded on four decks. The headspace is insufficient and several of the taller animals touch the ceiling with their heads. The lambs are of different sizes and ages. We assume that at least part of them are…