Today representatives of Eyes on Animals, Compassion in World Farming and KAALE met with 2 representatives of Stena Ferries at their London office. Stena Ferries is one of the few remaining ferry companies that accepts trucks with unweaned calves on board for their 18hr crossing from Rosslare Ireland to Cherbourg France. Unweaned calves are still fully dependent on milk and do not yet have fully developed immune systems.
In March, L214 and Eyes on Animals revealed not only the ongoing non-compliance of feeding and offloading times of unweanedcalves according to EU legislation, but also serious mistreatment of the animals at the Qualivia control post in Cherbourg. Stena Ferries took on board our concerns and have promised to report back to us soon on what steps they may take. To be continued. We would like to thank them for their time and listening.
Watch the video of the L214 and Eyes on Animals inspection of Irish calves being exported by ferry to continental Europe.