We are committed to enhance the welfare of farm animals in Poland

Cattle Market

Bodzentyn is predominantly a cattle market for regional trading. Farmers buy and sell cattle to each other. However, cows, bulls and calves are also sold to regional slaughterhouses.

Our team is at the market regularly to help sick and injured animals, as well as to ensure that unfit animals are not being transported.

Until 2015, the conditions at the market were repeatedly bad. This was mostly due to on-site veterinarians who did not fulfil their obligation to properly look after the animals. Our longstanding and persistent work eventually led to the replacement of the responsible market-veterinarian. Since 2015, the number of official veterinary inspections increased. Since then, our market protocols which document animal welfare infringements, are also used by market inspectors and police authorities to take action against the responsible animal owners. A key factor in this development is that the council in Bodzentyn is cooperative and willing to solve problems on the market together with us. discuss the occurring problems.

Finally, animals unfit for transport are emergency killed, instead of being loaded, transported and unloaded again at the slaughterhouse where they are eventually released form their suffering like in earlier times. This proceeding also has a signalling effect on other animal dealers. Since then, less animals who are sick, weak or injured are being brought to the market.

The quality of the transport vehicles has also improved. However, there is much more to be done, and the positive developments would quickly take a negative turn as soon as our team would release the pressure.

Our brochure in Polish for bovine livestock farmers is free to download and offers information about appropriate animal keeping, feeding and the treatment of diseases.

Recent investigations:

31. August 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report August: Cattle and Horse Markets

Lagow. For unknown reasons the market is closed today.

Our team is on their way to the cattle market in Lagow. We want to inspect the market for animal welfare violations. When we arrive, we are surprised to find out that the entrance to the market is closed. The market is not operating today. However, we cannot find out why. We will look into this and continue with our animal welfare inspections as…

27. July 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report July: Cattle and Horse Markets

There are no animals at the Lagow cattle market.

This month our team starts their work with inspecting the horse market in Bodzentyn. Lately, the market became a place where farm equipment can be bought instead of horses. We have visited this market several times in the past months, however, we did not see a single horse being sold at this market for a long time. The situation at the Lagow cattle…

27. June 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report June: Cattle and Horse Markets

Lagow cattle market: Due to a lack buyers, the animals are not even unloaded from the lorries.

This month our team returns to the cattle market in Lago to ensure that the welfare of the animals being sold at the market is respected. Both animal markets in Lagow and Bodzentyn re-opened recently after the imposed restrictions related to COVID-19 were released.

The number of cattle present at the markets is very low. During our inspection…