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23July2018

Uruguay | Blood farm “Biomega SA” | Blood mares

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Near the Biomega blood farm, a group of 300 mares is moved by two gauchos on horseback on a stony gravel road. They are on the way to a nearby pasture. The horses’ condition is variable: some look healthy, on first glance, and have an adequate body weight, while others are extremely emaciated. The horses have neglected hooves, some with cracks, and…

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23July2018

Uruguay | Blood farms | Blood mares on the pastures

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Blood mares are kept in groups hidden in remote and vast forest pastures throughout the country. They are left to fend for themselves and many are in a miserable physical condition. As in previous years, large numbers of injured, sick or weak mares are observed on the pastures, all left without veterinary treatment. They show clear signs of pain as…

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23July2018

Argentina | Province of Buenos Aires | Blood farm “Syntex SA” | Blood extraction

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From 8:15 until 10:30, more than 200 pregnant mares go through the blood extraction procedure. They are moved through the raceways and into the restraint boxes by brute force. The mares are hit with iron hooks, including on their heads, and poked in sensitive body parts. Wooden sticks are also used. Once they are inside the restraint box, the…

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23July2018

Uruguay | Cerro Largo | Blood farm “Biomega SA” | Blood extraction

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The blood extraction starts at 8:15 in the morning. Blood is taken for 6 to 13.5 minutes from the pregnant mares. The handling by the employees is extremely unprofessional and cruel. Different objects are used to force the horses into the restraint boxes: long wooden sticks, short pointed sticks, ropes and rubber strings. The mares are…

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23July2018

Turkey| Kapikule| Inspection of animal transports to Turkey

During the weekend the temperatures are rising up to 37 degrees Celsius. Our team colleagues from the Bulgarian side are reporting one animal transporter after another entering the border. As a result, we are busy inspecting about 70 transports during these 3 days. Most of the animals are coming from Slovakia and Czech Republic, but also from…

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20July2018

Turkey| Kapikule | EU Politician and official veterinarian accompany our inspection teams

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For several years now TSB|AWF teams have been documenting systematic breaches of the Regulation (EC) 1/2005 during transports to Turkey in the hot summer months, resulting in extreme animal suffering. Fortunately, this time our teams are accompanied to the Bulgarian-Turkish border by a Member of European Parliament and a German official…

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12July2018

Spain | Tarragona | Shiptransport - ongoing investigations

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Thanks to our undercover team, we observe the loading of the animals on the “Britta K” vessel. This time, the loading is done in a professional way. However, most of the animals will suffer as a consequence of the long journey by the sea in bad conditions. For this reason, AWF|TSB will continue observing and denouncing these horrible export…

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12July2018

Spain | Tarragona | Ship transport - observations in the harbour

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Today is time to inspect the situation in Tarragona. Our team waits the whole day for the arrival of the vessel “Britta K”, which is coming to load cattle from different countries from Europe. We know this Lebanese vessel quite well from previous investigations, and we know its reputation of not being really “friendly” in respect to animal welfare.

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12July2018

Spain | Cartagena | Ship transport - loading day 4

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Today “Fidelity”, a huge vessel loaded with thousands of animals, is departing from Cartagena. After a miserable life on the farms, these animals have been transported to Spain by road (a journey lasting days) from all over Europe in horrible conditions. But their journey is not over yet, they still have very long trip ahead, lasting days or even…

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12July2018

Spain | Cartagena | Loading of suffering animals onto vessels (day 3)

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Last night, the vessels “Captain Badr” and “Spiridon II” also left Cartagena, this time, carrying animals to Libya and Algeria. However, it does not mean the end of arrival of new empty vessels and new trucks loaded with animals: today a big vessel “Fidelity” will be loaded. Our undercover team observe hundreds of animals inside the trucks in very…

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12July2018

Spain | Cartagena | Loading of suffering animals onto vessels (day 2)

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The vessels “Amira Lola” and “Freedom” already left to Lebanon and Libya, where horrible slaughter methods are waiting for the animals on board. Meanwhile, today more trucks loaded with animals from all over Europe are arriving by the road to load two other vessels: “Captain Badr” and “Spiridon II”. Our team observes the unprofessional loading of…

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12July2018

Spain | Cartagena | Loading of suffering animals onto vessels (day 1)

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We observe how two gigantic empty ships: “Amira Lola” and “Freedom” arrive to the port. At the same time first trucks loaded with thousands of animals are arriving by the road to load the vessels. The animals on board of trucks are already exhausted, showing heat stress symptoms. Sadly, our team documents animals in agony that probably will die…

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