...as well as the compliance with animal welfare laws.
In 2016, about 280,000 horses were born in Poland. The horse population decreased a bit in comparison with the previous year. Almost half of the foals are heavy cold-blooded horses. In the region where our Farm Animal Service (FAS) project is situated, there are about 6,300 horses. That is 40 % less than in 2013, and possibly a result of our work. The horses remain healthy for longer with the consequence that less horses must be bought as a replacement. The number of horses at the weekly market also decreased form once several hundreds to about 30 to 40 horses per market day. They are mostly young horses who are sold to one main buyer for slaughter horses.
We almost reached our goal It took over ten years until the conditions on the market improved to a stage where we only discovered hurt, neglected or sick animals and those unfit for transport in exceptional cases. Now, our team predominantly uses the market to get in touch with animal owners. We offer them our help to eliminate problems with animal husbandry, such as the everyday handling of the animals, as well as their feeding and health. Directly after the market, our FAS-team visits the farms to help local animals in need. For these reasons, we are upholding our regular visits to the market.
Our team is inspecting the Bodzentyn animal markets every month.
Due to Christmas, we expect more animals at the Bodzentyn cattle market in December. However, our team finds that the number of cattle remains at its usual amount - about 150 animals. During our market inspection we do not observe any injured or neglected animals. The atmosphere during the market days is very calm.
Bodzentyn. Our team is inspecting the cattle market almost every Saturday.
Due to the very low temperatures this month, the cattle trade did end much earlier than usual. Some traders decided not to unload the animals from their lorries to protect them from the cold. During our inspection we see mostly calves, young cattle and just very few cows. This time we do not observe any animal welfare violations.
During the market inspection, our team discovered a dilapidated horse trailer with big holes in the sidewalls and the floor. The entire construction was only held together by a transport belt. It appeared that…