Day: December 11, 2018

EU: the business with the life of the animals..


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Millions of animals are transported across Europe every year, to North Africa and the Middle East. Main customers for German and EU cattle for years are third countries such as Lebanon, Libya and Egypt, but also Turkey.

In 2018, Germany granted import licenses for half a million cattle from the European Union.

The transport of animals is a profitable business, because the tariffs for meat, for example, in Turkey are much higher than those for live animals. But the cattle are often penned for days or weeks on trucks and ships or have to endure at much too high heat without water at the border crossings.
Even small calves are transported over 3000 kilometers. Arriving at their destination, the animals await a torturous end in the slaughterhouses of third countries.


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Tormenting on livestock freighters

Animal rights activists raise the alarm: NO ONE cares about the law any more, as soon as our animals leave the EU, they say. They report, for example, on thirsty cattle at the Turkish border crossing, on unspeakable torture on old livestock freighters, and on their arrival in the Middle East and North Africa.

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The fact that animal transport is often not complied with EU standards over a long distance was demonstrated by the ZDF (second german television program)  with the film from Manfred Karremann “Geheimsache Tiertransport” (“Secret thing animal transport”) in November 2017, which brought the grievances into the consciousness of the general public again. In the meantime, politics has also recognized the need for action.

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Members of the European Parliament from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands had taken a picture of animal transports in July 2018 and documented violations of the EU Animal Transport Directive.

After broadcasting these unbearable pictures of the cattle export to third countries in the TV on 2017, green agriculture spokesman Friedrich Ostendorff attacks the Federal Government sharply. These “scandalous animal transport conditions” have been known to the government for years. Only last winter, the Green parliamentary group has submitted an application to the Bundestag with the aim of improving the conditions for the animals and to limit the transport.

“But instead of supporting this initiative, the federal government relied on increasing exports with devastating effects: the number of long-distance transports of cattle exploded in Schmidt’s (Former agrarian minister of Germany) term; They were tripled to Lebanon and more than tenfold to Turkey and Russia, “said Ostendorff.

Although all experts have called for greater control of animal transports to third countries, the Agriculture Committee of the federal daily, end of September 2018 with the voices of the Christian Democratic Union / Christian Conservatives, the Social Democratic Party and the right populist party, rejected the request.

No control of transport outside the EU

Just recently, one million protest signatures were handed over to the European Commission in Brussels. The background: The European Court of Justice has ruled that the welfare of the animals must be guaranteed to the last destination. But nobody controls the transports once they have left the EU. This is also confirmed by the doku film from author Manfred Karremann, “37 degrees” . Shortly after the EU’s external borders, he encounters thirsty cattle, as well as breeding cows, who give birth to the truck and die.


Manfred Karremann wanted to know: Are the pictures of animal suffering exceptions? Or is a law systematically abused? In a several-month, investigative research that has led him from German farms to Bulgaria and Turkey to Lebanon, he pursues this question. With a terrifying result. “37 degrees” shows the result.

Manfred Karremann about the movie

“The scream from the slaughterhouse” was my first movie in 1989. During the filming I saw how miserable cattle and pigs have just arrived at slaughterhouses after a transport through Germany. That was the reason to take a closer look at the international animal transports.

This is a section from the film by Manfred Karremann and I have deliberately attached, because there is the possibility of an English translation in subtitles here.

Many films were made in the episode. They look like one, because some pictures are similar in a frightening way: “Then the picture of the hanging cow, which is already fifteen years old, will surely come again”, an exporter told me recently about the current film. In fact, but there were many different ships and each time other cattle, which were unloaded at winches and cranes of ships. The current film deals with the question: What does animals expect once they have left Germany or the EU?

the whole film from Manfred Karremann

Annotation: This Video  is unfortunately in German without the possibility of an English translation with subtitles. At least I could not find an English version.

The following is a relevant video for animal transport abroad

Hell’s torments: Animal transport by ship (Video aus VGT (Association against animal factories, in Austria)

(The video material was shot by Animals International in 2016)


The text translation of the video is mine:

Every year millions of live animals are exported from the EU. Among other things, they are sent to Turkey and the Middle East or to North Africa

The animals travel for hours in transports, loading the ships takes several days

Punches and electric drivers are the order of the day. On the ships, the animals are poorly cared for. It is very tight and hot.

Even small calves are exported to thousands.

After days on the ships, the animals are completely dirty.They are transported on inappropriate transports.

Some are already dying on the way. The local conditions are terrible. Most of the exported animals are killed soon.

Even in larger slaughterhouses, the animals are killed without anesthesia.

European agriculture DOES NOT CARE about the fate of exported animals

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My comment: Today, I read to a web page, what the head of Vegetarian Federation Germany, Proveg, said: “Our goal is to halve the meat consumption in the world by 2040.”

Maybe the Mister is one who believes in Santa, and Christmas is coming soon too.

My best regards to all, Venus

Global Warming Could Raise Ocean Levels By 28 Metres.

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Nasa says it has detected the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of glaciers in East Antarctica.

If this trend continues, it has consequences for future sea levels.

There is enough ice in the drainage basins in this sector of Antarctica to raise the height of the global oceans by 28m – if it were all to melt out.



WAV Comment – A pity those in power who could do the right thing, don’t !! – hope he can swim, or maybe not.

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EU: Before the Elections in 2019; the EU Wakes Up To the Reality That EU Animal Welfare Is Not Good. Yet More Talk Only; or Real Action This Time ?


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 Talking of the EU; please check out our recent post re foie gras production in the EU:


EU to review animal welfare strategy

By Peter Teffer

The European Commission is going to evaluate its animal welfare strategy, it has said in response to a report by the European Court of Auditors published on Wednesday (14 November).

The review of the strategy comes almost three years after the European Parliament asked for it.

The auditors said in their report that animal welfare in the EU has improved, but that member states were slow to implement recommendations from the commission.

One example of slow implementation was found in France.

In 2010, the EU commission had recommended that French inspectors use better equipment to check conditions of animals’ environment on farms and during transport.

According to French legal requirements already in place since 2000, inspectors were supposed to have specialised equipment to make measurements.

The French authorities had not, however, procured all the required equipment by the time of our audit,” the auditors wrote.

“During our visit to a laying hens farm certified as free-range, where the presence of ammonia inside the building was evident, the French inspector did not have the necessary equipment to measure the level of gas concentration. The inspector noted in the inspection report that the related requirement had been met,” they added.

Following the auditors’ visit, French authorities told the EU commission in spring 2018 that they had bought measurement equipment.

“However, inspectors were only asked to use this on farms raising chickens for meat,” the report said.

Meanwhile, Romania had been told several times between 2009 and 2011 that it needed to have legal sanctions in place for those who broke EU animal welfare rules.

“At the time of our audit, the Romanian authorities had not yet approved the necessary changes in the legislation to apply such sanctions,” said the report.

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Above – A Calf peers out of a veal crate which should have been banned in the EU 6 years earlier !!


A review, finally

The EU’s animal welfare strategy was published in 2012, and was specifically designed for the period 2012-2015.

However, some of the proposed measures were delayed until after 2015, and the commission has not published a new strategy paper since.

On 26 November 2015, the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution urging the commission “to evaluate the existing strategy and to draw up a new and ambitious strategy for the protection and welfare of animals for the 2016-2020 period in order to build on the work of the previous strategy and ensure the continuation of a framework for delivering high animal welfare standards across the member states”.

In March 2016, a group of northern and western European ministers also called for new rules to improve animal welfare standards.

The European Court of Auditors said in a report out on Wednesday that the commission had not assessed if the strategy had achieved its goals.

“There are no baseline indicators or target indicators to measure how far the strategy objectives have been achieved and the commission had not yet evaluated the results of its actions as requested by the European parliament,” said the report.

In response, the commission acknowledged that, and said that it planned to perform an evaluation of the strategy.

“Its actions have not yet been evaluated since they were completed only by early 2018, and therefore, the impact of all actions has not yet materialised,” the commission said.


Improvements, but slowly

The report stated that there were “still some significant discrepancies between the animal welfare standards established in the EU legislation and the reality on the ground”.

They audited the situation in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and Romania.

“The member states visited generally followed the European Commission’s recommendations, sometimes took a long time to address them,” auditor Janusz Wojchiechowski told journalists in a briefing on Tuesday.

He did not want to say whether the commission should introduce a new animal welfare strategy.

“This is not our role, to suggest or recommend to have a new strategy,” he noted.

The report stated that some of the measures announced in the 2012 strategy, like the publication of EU guidelines on the protection of animals during transport had been delayed by up to five years.

Below – Live exports of animals from the UK to France by Dutch convicted criminals !


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Above – Germany – A piglet is castrated without any veterinary involvement or use of medication.


“The guidelines on pig welfare and on the protection of animals at slaughter were also delayed due to lengthy discussions with stakeholders,” the report said.

“Most reports were based on external studies, which were sometimes delayed due to lack of staff at the commission to manage the procurement process and review draft content,” it continued.



Further reading of our posts relating to EU lack of involvement for EU animal welfare issues:



Junker – Mr all talk and do nothing.

EU: 82% of EU Citizens Think That Farm Animals Should Be Better Protected. Mr Junker – Always the ‘No’ Black Sheep !


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Help consumers take cruelty away from EU’s Xmas buffet


By Michel Vandenbosch and Reineke Hameleers

BRUSSELS, 10. Dec, 15:02

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Only five out of 28 EU member states continue to force-feed birds for the production of foie gras – a broadly-acknowledged cruel and inhumane practice.

An overwhelming majority of EU citizens expect the EU to offer better protection for farm animals and 23 EU countries no longer accept force-feeding.

On 26th November, 79 MEPs formally prompted the commission to take its responsibilities by engaging to take firm action on a topic so many EU citizens feel strongly about, and committing to a meeting with MEPs at short term.

In January such meeting was promised for “early this year”, but a date has never been fixed.

With Christmas approaching, retailers’ windows fill themselves with festive products including end-of-year high end ‘delicacies’ such as the fatty goose or duck liver foie gras.

Because of the tricky requirement of minimum liver weights introduced in EU legislation as recently as 1991 and contained in Regulation 543/2008, foie gras is systematically the result of ‘gavage’, or force-feeding.

This means producers force tubes down geese’s and duck’ throats and pump the birds’ stomachs with more grain over the course of a couple of weeks than they would normally eat in a lifetime.

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Extrapolated to our own body, this would equate to the ingestion of 20kg of spaghetti every single day by a human being.

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As a result, their liver pathologically grows up to 10 times bigger, with large deposits of fat.



Incapable of moving or even breathing normally, the animals face constant pain and infections loom.

It is therefore no surprise that 23 EU member states have already banned this practice, which they rightly consider as animal abuse.

The 2016 special Eurobarometer on animal welfare showed that 94 percent of EU citizens think protecting the welfare of farmed animals is important and 82 percent think they should be better protected by the EU than they are now.

Interestingly, alternatives exist and are widely embedded across the EU member states where the practice was banned.

But for such alternatives to really root in the market, we now need to see some legislative change, which is what 79 MEP’s formally called for at the end of November through a written question to Commissioners Hogan and Andriukaitis in the European Parliament.

It is not the first time MEPs call on the Commission to act on this issue, however this question exceeds all previous actions by the quantity of parliamentarians it rallied and feasibility of its simple call to action.

This written question was promoted by a diverse group of MEPs: Marlene Mizzi (S&D, MT), Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI), Mark Demesmaeker (ECR, BE), Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE, LT), Pascal Durand (Greens, FR), and Anja Hazekamp (GUE, NL).

The EU has uncontested animal welfare laws, such as directive 58/98, applying to farming practices stating among others that “No animal shall be provided with food or liquid in a manner, nor shall such food or liquid contain any substance, which may cause unnecessary suffering or injury.”

This clearly rules out the acceptability of forced feeding.

Nevertheless, in open contradiction with such requirements, regulation 543/2008 imposes minimum weights on the livers of ducks and geese, which can be reached only by force-feeding the birds, in order to be allowed to market such products as foie gras.

Today, only five EU countries continue to allow force-feeding in foie gras production, namely France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain, and Belgium (Wallonia only).

79 Parliamentarians representing the seven main political groups and all 28 member states have demonstrated, in the second-most-signed parliamentary question of this term, that EU citizens no longer want pockets of tolerated animal cruelty to exist in the way farmed animals are reared for our food.

They have strongly made the case that the marketing regulation on foie gras is an unjustified barrier preventing products of higher morality to prosper and gradually allow consumers to create market opportunities for foie gras production without force-feeding, based on their preference and ethical values.

As long as the requirement of minimum liver weights is maintained, foie gras production is bound to produce huge animal suffering.

This is why, jointly with 79 MEPs, we call on commissioner Hogan and commissioner Andriukaitis, in reflection of today’s European public moral, article 13 TFEU and the will of the EU citizens, to support a simple, cost-free proposal – deleting the requirement of minimum liver weights contained in Regulation 543/2008 – that would empower consumers to drive change.

Michel Vandenbosch is president of Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA) and Reineke Hameleers is director of Eurogroup for Animals

Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by a third party. All opinions in this article reflect the views of the author and not of EUobserver

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WAV Comment

As we have often said and shown, the EU is NOT enforcing its own legislation.  

The ‘club’ that means nothing and wields no power.

Another reason why the UK wants to break free from this farce that is called the EU club – a club that wants to pretend that all is well whilst the animal abuse continues all day, every day.  People like Junker and Tusk should be ashamed of themselves; not place themselves on the high platforms that they do.

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Mr Junker – Useless, like the rest of his club.