At the annual Easter cattle market in Schagen last year, the double-muscled cattle and calves were cleaned using a high-pressure washer. With the outside temperatures around freezing adult cattle, as well as young calves, were subjected to this unacceptable method of cleaning. Their suffering was painfully obvious: shivering, signs of stress and futile attempts to get away … [Read more...] about The pressure is off at the Easter cattle market in Schagen!
Today Eyes on Animals joined Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals to check on the condition and treatment of cattle at the livestock market in Sawyerville, Quebec. We were pleased to not observe any bovine in very poor condition, all appeared fit and mobile. Nevertheless, the handling of the animals was at times unnecessarily aggressive, with most employees seen hitting … [Read more...] about Inspection of Sawyerville livestock market, Quebec (CA)
Today we returned to Sainte Hyacinthe market to observe their sale of culled-dairy cows and to check if this market, that previously had a very bad reputation, really was indeed much better than in 2004 (see old photo). Culled-cows can often be in very poor shape and are fragile to transport, as they have spent their short lives repeatedly pregnant and producing … [Read more...] about Sainte Hyacinthe market, Quebec, Canada
Eyes on Animals made an unannounced visit to the calf market in Leeuwarden. Here, calves of 2-3 weeks old are collected for onward travel to fattening farms. The accommodation was sufficient - the calves had a thick bed of straw and enough space. Many calves skipped with joy because they are not used to that much space (they come from individual boxes). The … [Read more...] about A visit to the Leeuwarden calf market
Positive steps forward in Ghana! Last year Eyes on Animals team joined WACPAW to inspect the Tamale cattle market in Ghana. Because there was no proper loading ramp, cattle were dragged, pushed and hoisted up onto the lorries. During the process the handlers would end up breaking the tails of the cattle and terrifying them. Thanks to financial help from Dier & Recht, … [Read more...] about New ramp at Tamale livestock market in Ghana