Since 2010 we have been documenting the extreme suffering and death of farm animals being exported by truck from all over Europe to Turkey. This route is a long and complicated one regardless of what time of the year it takes place. But the summertime is the worst, because the temperatures at the EU/Turkey border reach 40 degrees and there is no infrastructure … [Read more...] about Europe plans to export more than 5000 cattle to Turkey during extreme heat again!
On January 21st 2015 a Danish-platted livestock- truck with 420 pigs on board tipped over on the highway in northern Germany. The truck was one of these "newer" models: completely closed sides with automatic ventilation. There were no proper access doors on the side or large openings. When the truck tipped over, the automatic ventilation system naturally stopped and inside … [Read more...] about Danish-platted livestock- truck with 420 pigs on board tipped over
In order to obtain milk from a cow, a calf needs to be born. On dairy farms these calves are removed from their mother immediately after birth and put in a small wooden pen or in an igloo. Thus the milk we buy in supermarkets is produced by cows who have never been given an opportunity to take care of their calf. The calves are fed with powdered milk and drink out of a … [Read more...] about Still no calf-friendly milk in supermarkets
Eyes on Animals continues to witness major design- flaws in livestock trucks. We are disappointed that Member State authorities continue to hand permits out to such trucks because the design-flaws can cause serious injury and stress to the animals on board. The most common problem is that the partitions are not able to extend down to the ground. As a result we see animals, … [Read more...] about Poorly designed livestock trucks still being approved by Member States across Europe
News from our UK colleague working on the ground in England and according to UK official document WIT09, the Dutch livestock transport company De Jong had loaded live sheep in the UK on September 10th despite a panel on the side of his truck being broken. As a result, the leg of a sheep was stuck in the gap and risked injury. The De Jong truck was attempting to board the … [Read more...] about Shame on De Jong livestock transport company