Today was our last day at the border. The whole week we stayed in touch with our second team, working at the Bulgarian side of the border. It is a good way to work, because it allowed us to time how long the animals are delayed at the border. Today we inspected 14 trucks. We encountered many lorries with German heifers on board, even very young ones, that appeared to be weakened from traveling so far in the heat. At the end of the day we had some time to look back on how our week of inspections here went. We realized that we saw more than a hundred livestock trucks cross the border in less than a week. Wheather forecast had indicated very high temperatures for this week, over 35 degrees. If EU members would stick to the EU law, no transports would have taken place! Most EU countries continue to ignore the law and export animals in extreme temperatures. There is an exception: The Netherlands do not transport animals to Turkey during the summer. We did not see a single Dutch animal, nor did the Turkish customs see any Dutch transports crossing the Turkish border. That calls for praise, though it merely means that the Dutch follow the maximum temperature law… Sadly, so many thousands of animals continue to suffer on this route.
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