Sunday today. On some sundays no livestock trucks cross the border because it is a holiday, but today, maybe because of the extreme heat, there was activity at the border. We inspected 11 EU livestock trucks, two of them carrying young Rumanian sheep. The squalor in these trucks was indescribable, the ammonia stench was so bad that within seconds we were coughing and our eyes were watering. It must have been horrible for these animals, there was no escape. The animals were overcrowded, the floor filthy and there was no water.
We were allowed to watch the unloading of the trucks carrying bulls destined for slaughter. Here in Tunca (a sort of livestock market in Kapikule) they stay here for a few hours to a few days to be sold further. At least here they get food and fresh water to drink. In one of the trucks we saw what a ‘downer’, a bull that could not stand op anymore. We insisted that someone from Tunca call a vet.
Unfortunately we were soon ordered of the premises. An hour later we heard there was “no longer need for a vet”; the bull had apparently been given an injection so he could get up again and continue his journey. We did not manage to find this very sick bull again but we are sure he was about to die. In our team there are 2 veterinarians, so we know what we are talking about. We were able to film what was going on. This animal should never have been allowed to travel and had an ugly wound on his back, infested with flies. It is a shame he was loaded for transport anyway. Of course we will speak to the companies responsible and make an official complaint.
We Also saw a bull from Rumania in a Hungarian truck. One of his horns was broken at the base. That happens regularly, this week we saw many such cases. It is a painful injury and causes heavy bleeding.