We inspected 26 livestock trucks today heading from Europe into Turkey. Lorries were queuing up at the border, while the heat was still blazing. Some trucks drove on without stopping, not allowing us an opportunity to see how the animals were doing inside.
Today, again, we saw terrible conditions, like ceilings that were too low for the animals. On bumpy roads their backs hit the top which causes pain and even wounds. Many things were like the previous days, inadequate dividers risking animals getting trapped underneath, dirty floors, filthy water-troughs, overcrowded conditions and high temperatures. Particularly sad was finding 2 dead bulls on the top deck of a Hunland truck. The two dead animals were next to each other, while the other bulls on board were stressed and really fighting a lot. A dangerous situation because there was no escape. We noticed that the driver of this truck used an electric stick while he was trying to place the water buckets inside, and give the animals hay. The bulls were too dangerous for him to approach.