According to the EU legislation, animals must be accessible during transport and animals that become unwell must be separated and given first-aid. Sadly, poultry throughout Europe are still not given the benefit of this protection; to date these legislative requirements are still being ignored by the poultry industry and law-enforcers. … [Read more...] about August 2013: No access to put injured chickens out of their misery
Good news: partly due to our reports and trailing poultry transports (the previous one very recently to Poland) the NVWA (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) have tightened the control on transports of poultry, especially the ones of a maximum of 12 hours. These transports are not required to provide the animals with water. Practice shows that in … [Read more...] about NVWA tighten control on poultry transports
The improvement of chicken transport crates, one of the prime focuses of Eyes on Animals work, is something the poultry industry is now also interested in; so we heard from a reliable source. The industry is discussing and gathering information about the advantages and disadvantages of several shapes of crates and possible new designs that could improve welfare. We are … [Read more...] about April 2013 Attention for poultry transport crates
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