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.
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.
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.
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
Sign our petition. https://vgt.at/actionalert/tiertransporte/petition.php
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