Since 20.03.2013 the Turkish border veterinarians are enforcing the EU maximum journey times for animals, as indicated in the EU animal-protection-during-transport regulation EC 1/2005. Previously, compliance with EU animal-protection laws played no role in the processing and acceptance of EU livestock trucks by the Turkish authorities. But since yesterday they are … [Read more...] about March 2013 Good news from Turkish border Kapikule!
Vion Groenlo has informed us that after our visit they improved their lairage by installing black rubber shock absorbers on the gates to reduce the noise when slamming them shut. Noise, particularly loud bangs, greatly add to the stress and fright level of animals in slaughterhouses. We thank Vion Groenlo for acting on this suggestion and doing something to improve … [Read more...] about Vion Groenlo slaughterhouse reduces noise level
Westfort pig slaughterhouse has installed video surveillance to monitor the behaviour of their employees towards the animals. Video surveillance in slaughterhouses has shown to have an immediate positive impact on the way employees handle the animals. The employees are more calm and careful and those having a bad day, think twice before letting it out on an innocent … [Read more...] about Westfort slaughterhouse installs videocamera surveillance
In order to improve the professionalism of its drivers, and avoid the serious mistakes of the past which sadly lead to animal suffering, Keus en Mollink transport company has taken numerous positive steps to better protect the animals they transport. Drivers that we observed not taking proper care of the animals during our investigations in Turkey were fired. As well, they … [Read more...] about March 2012 Transport company Keus en Mollink takes action to increase animal-welfare
Compaxo, a Dutch pig slaughterhouse, has responded very openly to some of our suggestions regarding improving conditions for "suspect" pigs. Suspect pigs are animals that are fit enough to be legally transported, but are lightly sick or injured. They are kept in separate pens at slaughterhouses, and usually only slaughtered at the end of the day to avoid any … [Read more...] about Dec 2011 Welfare improvements at Compaxo slaughterhouse