Recently we were in Poland conducting inspections of animal trucks. We stopped a horrible transport truck originating from a breeding farm in The Netherlands (owner: van Ansem) with hundreds of mink on board in tiny dirty wire cages. They were heading to fur farms in Poland. The animals were completely stressed.
They were trying to break free of their cages, performing stereotypic behaviour such as repetitive biting and licking at their cages and making heart-breaking sounds. The cages were stacked in a sloppy way, with many animals having to endure standing on a sloping floor. Some of the mink had escaped and were running around the truck. See VIDEO.
Eyes on Animals together with our partners TSB|AWF are now in touch with the Dutch and Polish authorities about this, and we are going to expose it via the media. It is completely unacceptable that, in 2018, animals be transported in such a way.