Day: August 29, 2019

England: Lands of Confusion – Lets Hope the EU Sorts Us Out With Their Responses !




Venus is taking a well deserved (my words not hers) holiday, as she informed on 28/8 –

As you are probably aware, live animal exports is one of the main issues that annoys us both, especially EU failures on it; and so we give the issue a bit more time than some other things.   I (Mark) have been involved / associated with live animal investigation work for over 25 years; have been awarded for it in the past – – and am generally deeply bummed off by the continual suffering that we (the EU citizen) are still witnessing after all these years.

So, where are we going now with WAV / SAV ?

We will continue to cover many global animal issues as we always have done on this site – nothing changes there.  Our dear 751 European Parliament friends (MEP’s) who are supposed to be ‘the heart of democracy’ in the EU, by representing us, the 500 million citizens, will finally return to work on 2/9/2019.

If only the EU ‘system’ really was as good as it thinks –

Finland will be the Presidential nation for the last 6 months of 2019.

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During January – June of 2019 it was held by Romania.

Although the President Member State, Romania did not enforce existing EU legislation (Regulation 1/2005 on the ‘protection of animals during transport’) whilst it was in charge ! – remember the situation; we covered each day and reported on the shipment of 70,000 live sheep from Romania to Iran in temperatures exceeding (by 10 degrees or more) the maximum which is allowed by EU Regulation 1/2005 ? – this is why we say above ‘if only it (the EU) was as good as it thinks’;

– – if the President state at the time cannot enforce the rules whilst it is in charge, then who does ? – a simple question to MEP’s from simple EU citizens that they are supposed to represent.

So, as of next week we (WAV) will be formally writing to the (English) national members of our European Parliament to ask what is being done about Romania ignoring the EU rules on live animals transport whilst it was the President of the EU ? – we will publish our letter on the site and any explanations that we get back from our MEPs on the issue.

They are being sent a copy of this post in advance so they are prepared for what they can expect from us in the coming weeks.


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Further, we will also be following up a lot on the issue of live animal ‘box’ type trailers which are used to transport live animals around the EU.  We did a investigative report on the ignorance of the export / transport industry using these trailers several years ago – see it here –

So the EU thinks it is good; representing the citizen and all that ?. We say not that good actually.  We will be writing to our MEP’s in the coming weeks and asking them some difficult questions about live animal transport; to see how good the system actually is for the EU citizen. The UK Lib Dems think it is fantastic to be members and say we need to remain in the EU; our evidence with all these issues to date simply means we are totally ignored regarding all we present.  So, Lib Dem MEP’s especially can provide us with the answers now.  We will also ask what is going to be done about the ignorance of the (EU) rules for animals; both in the shipment of Romanian sheep to Iran, and also with box trailers.

So, these issue will be priority over the next week or so; we will publish things when they are done and sent.

As very many EU citizens actually think, the EU is really just ‘lands of confusion’ !!



Regards and have a great evening;




Thanks Anja Hazenkamp in the name of the animals!!



‘Julia AK’ Livestock Carrier – Before and After.

Regards Mark:

I have been doing a little research this morning re ‘Julia AK’ – the live animal export ship which is having problems at Spanish ports whilst sailing with cattle between Brazil and Turkey.  Scroll down the site home page to see more recent posts of the problems.

I have just been looking into the past history of this vessel.  Here is what I found.

Vessel Name Registered Owner Year
JULIA AK Talia Sg Line Co SARL 2016
ABOU KARIM H.M.Khalifeh 2010
LADY DYA Bekdache & Sinno 2008
DYA Atlanta Sg Co Ltd 2000
LADY DYA Dya Sg Co Ltd 2000
ATLANTA SKY Atlanta Sky Sg Ltd 1999
BERNHARD SCHULTE St.Bernhard Sg Co Ltd 1985
BERNHARD SCHULTE St.Bernhard Sg Co Ltd 1984
BERNHARD SCHULTE Bernhard Schulte 1976



In 2008 the ship was called the ‘Lady Dya’; this is a picture of the same ship when it was taken around that time.  Image credit Mahmoud Shd.


Here below is a more recent picture of the ship, now ‘Julia AK’,  in Rio, Brazil.  Photo – Edson de Lima Lucas

So in the more recent years (2010 onwards) did it undergo modifications to be the livestock carrier we presently see.  Physical modifications can be seen by comparing the 2 pictures here.  It is very common for current livestock carrying vessels to have started their earlier sailing days as completely different tanker or cargo type ships; the ‘Julia AK’ conversion is very common of the changes undertaken.

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Australia: The NSW government is implementing new laws aimed at jailing those who expose it !



The NSW government is implementing new laws aimed at jailing those who expose it !!

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Spain: Update 29/8 – Cattle from Brazil to Turkey.

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Update 29/8 – Cattle from Brazil to Turkey.

This morning. Mark (WAV) has had a really positive talk with the crew at Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Spain –   in order to get the latest news on the situation of the cattle being exported from Brazil to Turkey.


Basically, things have gone quiet and the shipping company from the Lebanon is not giving much away to anyone – (remember we phoned them yesterday and got little). We confirmed with EHCRC (Spain) that we also are having trouble tracking the vessel to its current location.

We were told by EHCRC (Spain) that they were also tracking, but now in their words “the ship has gone off the radar”. We fully agree with this.

Hopefully later today EHCRC (Spain) are aiming to get more updates and news about the situation. When they do they are going to issue a formal Press Release (PR).

Mark and EHCRC (Spain) had a good talk about the live animal export industry in general, and basically they have been having major problems getting the Press to follow up with this situation. We experience this all the time with much of our live export investigation work; and advised EHCRC (Spain) to make contact and complaints through the EU MEP route when they (MEP’s) return from their Summer holidays next week.

We finished by thanking EHCRC (Spain) for the efforts they have made on this live animal export issue. We also finished by agreeing that the Carbon footprint of livestock ships taking live animals all over the world to simply be slaughtered at the final destination was absurd; and that cattle grazing land clearance was one of the major factors for all of the fires in Amazonia at the moment.

We will update with the PR from EHCRC (Spain if and when they are able to get any update today.

Regards Mark.