Police Training

Animal transports need to be monitored by regulatory authorities during their journey, which is confirmed by the high number of animal welfare infringements documented during vehicle inspections. The legal allowance for long-term transports is 29 hours and national animal transports would often remain unchecked without police inspections. Without official inspections, these often problematic transports would remain unmonitored. Therefore, inspections by the motorway police or control groups specialising in heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) are essential in ensuring that animals are protected during transport.

Many police officers ask fundamental questions during animal transport controls, such as:

  • What are the signs to identify a sick animal?
  • How many animals are allowed to be loaded onto the vehicle?
  • Which transportation times are allowed for different types of animals?
  • Which watering systems are adequate for the animals?
  • Under which circumstances should the veterinary inspection office be consulted?

Therefore, TSB|AWF is offering training for police officers and veterinarians in cooperation with Eyes on Animals (Netherlands). Our training courses are led by Dr Alexander Rabitsch.

In Hungary, we trained over ten different motorway police units in cooperation with the Hungarian organisation Welfarm from 2012 until 2015.

In Poland, we have been offering police training since 2015 for the inspectors of Inspekcja Transportu Drogowego (ITD). Until June 2017 it was possible to train inspectors in 12 of 16 regions. More training is about to follow by the end of 2017. Also, in Germany we were able to offer police training in the federal states of Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and Saxony. More courses are planned for the years to come.


18. January 2019

Poland | Siedlce | Inspection with ITD Radom

TSB|AWF and EonA team joins Road Transport Inspection (ITD) east of Warsaw to assist in inspecting animal transports.

Day 1:
First animal lorry stopped for inspection is empty, however the design of this vehicle raises our concern. We will contact the approving veterinarian to make sure the steep loading ramp with side protections too short for…

18. October 2018

Germany | Oldenburg | inspections of animal transports

Road inspections near Emstek follow the seminar of the day before. Within three hours six national transports are inspected, three loaded with pigs and four with unweaned calves, some of them just a few days old. In one truck a calf is released that got stuck between a dangerous divider and the side wall of the truck. Futhermore insufficient…

26. July 2018

Germany | Osnabrück | Training on road inspections on the A 30

[Translate to English:] Kontrolle eines Transporters mit Schweinen zur Schlachtung.

During road inspections on the highway A 30 nine animal transports loaded with Turkeys, chicken, pigs, calves and horses are inspected. A transporter is on the way to The Netherlands to load mink for a mink farm in Greece. There are concerns about the crates and loading conditions and thus we inform Eyes on Animals (NL), who right away send a team…