Day: May 12, 2019

France: Torture of calves in Tollevast


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The calves in video should be transported from Ireland to Holland. Before and after the long transport, they are dumped near of Tollevast, France, to be fed and rest. But what the activists of filmed there is cruel!

They were beaten, hit in the face, and were entered by workers, in a rest area, in France, where they were supposed to rest, according to secret records.

Some were kicked and hit so hard that they collapsed in the shocking scenes, as you can see during a secret investigation into the treatment of living exports.

It is the first time that brutal and illegal violence against animals sent to Europe is covered by hidden cameras.

The images show that a worker near Cherbourg, in Tollevast,  casually beat calves with a pole on the face and then forcibly hit another side. Many animals – not weaned and still need breast milk – are grabbed by the ears and dragged to the feeders.

While the animals are drinking, the worker is beating them unnecessarily on the back.

When a calf tries to move among the others, the worker drags it away and knocks it to the ground. Another is roughly pulled out of a feeder, beaten and pushed back violently.

But the most terrible scenes show the worker jumping and stomping on a calf.

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Another animal is so badly injured that it was filmed, dragging along only its forelegs. Later, when it was helpless, it was kicked by a worker. Investigators said the men screamed as they fell on their calves.

The resting place is certified by the EU as “high quality” and has received grants for renovations!!!

Eyes on Animals activists and French L214 groups who revealed the “terrible” abuse said the young animals were already exhausted, suffered from fatigue, thirsty and lack of food from trips over 18 hours from Rosslare to Cherbourg, when they were unloaded near Tollevast.

At least 2,500 calves are unloaded at the center every 12 hours before being reloaded for trips to Dutch veal farms, activists say.

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According to the investigators, dealing with the calves is “violent and shocking,” and neither other employees nor the manager interfered.

Contacted on Thursday, the site manager ensures “to have remained speechless before the video”. “It’s just amazing, if the young man had not resigned two weeks ago, he would have been fired immediately,” he swears. According to the investigators, neither other employees nor the manager interfered.

French media have reported that a man was arrested for cruelty.

Eyes on Animals, together with CIWF, TSB | AWF and L214, controlled 23 truckloads of animals over the past month. They said calves were routinely driven from the port of Rosslare (IR) to the port of Cherbourg (FR). The transport time was a total of 56 hours and 35 minutes (!!!), 13 hours more than the EU Transport Regulation allowed.
In addition, one must mention the inadequate hydration systems.

Nicola Glen of Eyes on Animals said: “The calves suffered from upset stomach, especially from diarrhea, and were already very weak, suffering from fatigue, lack of food, lack of water and rest due to overcrowding.”

Ireland’s live exports are rising and MEPs are pushing for further increases. Last year, the country sent 246,000 cattle, including 160,000 calves, abroad, an increase of 30 percent compared to 2017, which also represents an increase of 30 percent compared to 2016.

Northern Ireland exports an estimated 25 percent of male calves to veal factories, mainly in the Netherlands.

Irish Agriculture Minister Michael Creed told MEPs: “I will continue to work for exporters on this issue,” adding, “What I will not do, however … is to facilitate the export of living beings through breaches of the rules.”

L214 and Eyes on Animals call on the EU to ban all animal transports.


My comment: The driver informed the activist that he had indicated his rides book to the Abbeville control center and that this had been approved by the Irish authority.
The violations will be forwarded to the authorities in southern Ireland and the Netherlands.

In its report, the organization asked for an explanation of why travel books were approved, even though they are clearly in violation of the European Pet Transport Regulation 1/2005.
That’s what they said.

And if they do not receive a satisfactory explanation for this violation, they will send an official complaint to the European Commission.
Ireland is an EU member.
France is an EU member.
Obviously, neither country has any respect for the EU transport law and no fear of sanctions.
Because EU never punishes her loyal servants.
In Germany, less than one percent of animal transports are controlled.
The law is only on paper, there is virtually no control.

My best regards, Venus


For the mother day


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Who does not know it? We all know the lovely advertising signs: “Our mother is the best”. The love of the mother is considered one of the strongest feelings ever.
But it is always forgotten that nonhuman mothers are not allowed to experience this feeling.

And I think today especially of them.

I remember the chickens who are locked up to lay eggs until their bodies are completely exhausted. I think of their male children, who never knew their mothers, because they are gassed or shredded shortly after their birth and after the first “beep”.

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I commemorate the pig-mothers who are pressed into crates or farrowing rods as living birth-machines. I remember the newborn piglets looking for maternal warmth, and the only thing they can find is a trapped mother behind bars, who often crushes her own children.

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I remember all the animal mothers, such as cows, goats or sheep, whose children are taken away shortly after birth and, because of human consumption and they never can give them their milk – year after year.

For today’s Mother’s Day torments me again the fatal question why we allow this nightmare of all non-human mothers?

They do not want to be locked up, not even a bit, but not at all. They do not want to be exploited, not even a bit, but not at all.
Also, they do not want to be in pain, not even a bit, but not at all.
And they also do not want to be killed, not even “lovingly”, but not at all.
Everyone has the right to integrity, freedom, live, including nonhuman animals, whether we like it or not.

And the fact that the exploitation of all animal beings is a basic principle of our moral system, not an exception,  is definitely the most despicable point in the genealogy of the human race, for which one can never be sufficiently ashamed.


My best regards to all, Venus



Australia: Live Exports – Sheep were put near oil fuel heaters aboard live export ship in summer.



Sheep were put near oil fuel heaters aboard live export ship in summer

Six hundred sheep died on voyage of Kuwait-flagged vessel from Australia to Middle East last year, report says

Sheep on a live export shipment during the high-risk northern summer months were made to stand in pens next to oil fuel heaters and some died due to smothering when crowding around air vents, a report released by the federal agriculture department says.

Six hundred sheep died on the voyage of the Kuwait-flagged ship Al Shuwaikh from Australia to the Middle East in May and June last year.

A summary of the report written by the independent observer was published on the department’s website on Thursday. The RSPCA has questioned why the report was not released for 11 months, despite containing information about heat stress that may have influenced the design of new live export rules.

It said the report was “a major indictment” on the decision of the government to continue the live export trade between May and June this year, despite calls from animal welfare groups, the West Australian government, and Labor and the Greens to stop it. Labor has promised to ban the trade if elected.


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“This report was in the department’s possession in June 2018 – to withhold its release until after the regulations for this northern summer period were made is very concerning indeed,” RSPCA senior policy officer Dr Jed Goodfellow said. “It shows, yet again, that the Department of Agriculture cannot be trusted to effectively regulate live exports and that a truly independent regulator is urgently required.”

The Al Shuwaikh left Fremantle on 15 May, two days before agriculture minister David Littleproud released a review into the management of heat stress on live export ships.

About 0.88% of the 69,117 sheep on board died — just above the average for a live export shipment — but all 263 cattle survived.

The observer’s own report, released in heavily redacted form under freedom of information laws to the RSPCA in January, said that poor communication between crew members “resulted in some pens being without water overnight on numerous occasions”.

But that observation was not included in the department’s public summary report, which said the watering system was “efficient and well maintained”.

The version released under FOI also mentioned the “training, or lack of it” among the crew, which the final report omitted, saying instead that all crew had “up to 10 years experience” and were “kind when handling livestock”.

Both versions of the report said that the closed decks of the ship were hotter and more humid than the open decks and attributed that to a fuel heater, which was turned off when the ship reached the equator.

Both also said that sheep on deck nine had elevated respiratory rates because the steel roof above them was painted a dark colour and absorbed the heat. Elevated respiratory rates and panting are signs of heat stress.

The department’s report said sheep were “open mouth breathing and attempting to gain position around the ventilation vents on all open and closed decks” on eight days of the voyage, adding that “in these instances, death by smothering was an observed outcome”.

But it said the voyage complied with the Australian standards for the export of livestock.

The department defended the delay in releasing the report and the discrepancies between the report as released under FOI and the public summary.

“This summary report accurately reflects the key observations made by the independent observer,” a department spokesman said. “It was fact-checked and agreed to by the independent observer prior to publication.”

The department said it published reports “as soon as practicable” and that timeframe could vary “depending on a number of factors”.

Asked why the detail about animals being left without water overnight was not included in the summary, the department said: “The [independent observer] reported no adverse animal welfare outcomes as a result of this incident.”