At the moment, there is almost a revolt in Germany against animal transports.
The “German Animal Protection Office” has organized a very large campaign, with demos in 32 cities in Germany, from 1. July to 6. September.
On 1 July 2018, was a big demo in Berlin, with more than 300 people, under the motto “Truck you-animal transports do not taste good”.
The MEP Stefan Bernhard Eck made a very good speech: “Animals are not production units!
Animals are not a commodity!
They are living beings, sentient creatures who can feel joy and pain, well-being and sadness!
“We have to put these people in the focus of our actions!
We have to denounce and expose them and constantly attack them! “
MEP Stefan Bernhard Eck: “Please, sign this important petition to the German Federal Government and the EU Commission. The German Animal Welfare Office makes an extraordinary contribution with this nationwide campaign, but it depends above all on each one of you, so that at each of the planned events an unmistakable voice for the animals can be heard. I will be back in a few more actions – if time permits – to show the red card to the political leaders in Brussels and in Berlin. Let’s get so loud that no one can say that he did not know about all the misery of animal transport! “
I have received the following information letter from the “german animal welfare office”, and I translate it:
“A few days ago, our new campaign “TRUCK YOU – animal transports do not taste good”, where we are on a major tour of Germany with a converted original livestock truck to clarify the suffering and agony of animal transports. Because, every day millions of animals are exposed to the terrible conditions on the roads worldwide.
Our long-term demand is clear: factory farming and animal transport must be stopped!
Only then can animals finally have a chance for an intact life.
However, before this goal is achieved, we urge the politicians to take important action in the short term.
We absolutely need your support for this: at the same time as our campaign, we have set up a petition addressed to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the European Commission in order to achieve, at least in the short term, better conditions for animal transports. And you can help us by signing the petition so that together we can show how many people are against the current agony of animal transports!
- Stop live animal transports in non-EU countries
- Stronger controls and sanctions on animal transports in Germany and throughout the EU.
- Uniform, maximum transport time of a maximum of 4 hours in Germany and the entire EU.
Help us bring these demands to the political arena with as much pressure as possible and sign our petition today! So, we can together give the animals a voice.
Sign petition now!
At: Ms. Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (Germany, CDU)
Mr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
Madam Minister Klöckner, Commissioner Andriukaitis,
through the current campaign “Truck You – animal transports do not taste” of the German animal welfare office e. V. I have learned from the unsustainable and painful conditions that animals experience on animal transporters.
In Germany alone, 3.7 million animals are transported to the nearest fattening or breeding station or taken to the slaughterhouse every day.
Due to its location in Europe, Germany also acts as a transit country for animal transport and as an exporter of breeding animals across the European continent and beyond. In very confined spaces, the animals are driven in extreme heat or cold, usually without access to water, without any medical care, often more dead than alive, injured and frightened to the next place – hundreds, not infrequently thousands of miles away.
In the Federal Republic, Article 20a of the Basic Law gives the protection of animals as a state objective constitutional status. At EU level, the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union since 2012 stipulates that “the Union and the Member States must take full account of the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings”. In addition, Regulation EC 1/2005 regulates the protection of animals during transport and related operations, even in a cross-border context.
Animal transports are part of modern factory farming, which is responsible for the deaths of 70 billion terrestrial animals worldwide each year, degrading male cattle and chicks to waste products, and shamelessly exploiting the natural cycles of female livestock.
Animals are sold as cheap goods to countries where Germany and the EU have no influence on the prevailing animal welfare standards.
Due to unsustainable animal welfare violations and ineffective sanctions, I call for the immediate abolition of all animal transports. This is accompanied by the abolition of mass animal husbandry.
Until this goal is achieved, at least the following requirements must be implemented as soon as possible:
- Stop live animal transports to non-EU countries – transports mean enormous torture for every animal, no matter in which country. However, when transporting animals outside the EU, EU countries such as Germany cannot control animal welfare and sanction contravention. Therefore, I call for an immediate export stop of live animals in non-EU countries
- Greater controls and sanctions on animal transport in Germany and the EU as a whole – Only about 1% of all animal movements in Germany are subject to scrutiny, although unannounced inspections are always and everywhere possible. Statistics show that deficiencies are usually sanctioned only with recommendations or instructions, even though there are massive violations of animal welfare and transport regulations. I therefore call for a revision of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 as regards the frequency of controls and the severity of penalties for infringements
- Uniform, maximum transport duration of a maximum of 4 hours in Germany and the entire EU – In Germany, different regulations apply with regard to transport duration and loading density for the various types of livestock. Cattle may be transported for 29 hours without rest or food. Until the transport of live animals becomes completely obsolete, I demand a uniform, maximum transport time of 4 hours for ALL species of animals.
Please insist that these conditions are a thing of the past and that animal suffering has no place in our society!
Best Regards to all, Venus