Today an EonA team returned unannounced to the Leeuwarden cattle market to make sure unfit cows were not again arriving as we saw in August. Thankfully, the team did not see any crippled or seriously sick cows.
We also were able to see if the improvements we insisted on were put into practice. The good news is:
1. the posters on identifying a sick and healthy cow that we gave them are up as we asked, so the traders have no room for discussion next time!
2. they have built a concrete loading ramp so now cattle no longer have to walk up steep truck ramps to get on board, which was a serious problem last time that led to one fragile cow falling down the truck ramp (see photos of new ramp). This is a major improvement, and even the traders and transporters said thanks to the team as they say the ramp is very helpful.
3. they are about to install CCTV to record all handling of animals during loading and unloading!