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
During Ramadam this year (late August), most EU organizers and transporters knew not to load animals for Turkey as Turkey was not allowing EU animals in during this time. But we saw Animex on the road in Hungary, riding towards the Turkish border with live cattle on board! Despite warning the drivers and the boss that the border was not open for another 4 days, they … [Read more...] about Dec 2012 Shame on Animex transport company and sia Genetic LV
In June, teams of Eyes on Animals and AWF visited a number of Turkish slaughterhouses, where animals are slaughtered ritually and unstunned. At most of these slaughterhouses we were received very politely. We concluded that there are several aspects that need to be improved to make the animals suffer less. Managers and veterinarians of these slaughterhouses have promised … [Read more...] about June 2013 Slaugtherhouse Amsterdam refuses visit in the context of unstunned ritual slaughter
Eyes on Animals received news that a Keus en Mollink truck with slaughter pigs on board was stopped by the Hungarian authorities and found to have too many pigs on board. The EU loading density has a limit of 235kg/m2 but on board was 247kg/m2. We are in touch with Keus en Mollink to make sure their drivers put their foot down even if the local veterinarian and organizer … [Read more...] about Nov 2012 Keus en Mollink caught for overcrowding