Business model “animal cruelty”: In the global livestock trade, only profit counts. For weeks, cattle or sheep suffer painfully on ships before they come ashore to die – on broken legs if necessary.
This footage was taken in July 2019 and is no exception. It is the everyday reality of live transport in Europe. Only this time an investigating team was following trucks.
The investigators from the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and Israel Against Live Shipments (IALS) were trailing calves all the way from Lithuania to their destination in Israel over two weeks.
Only the road part of the journey is as much as 1.700 kilometres.
For several hours, investigators from AWF were following two trucks on their route from Lithuania. Suddenly, they notice a leg sticking out from the truck and immediately call ITD, the Road Traffic Inspection (road police) in Poland.
The officials are speechless by the conditions they see inside the trucks.Veterinary inspectors are called who find multiple legal violations, with calves transported in extremely overcrowded conditions, lying in a thick layer of manure, suffering from high ammonia level, heat and extreme thirst.
These conditions caused the death of some animals, but also made other animals so exhausted that they had to be dragged by their legs from the trucks.
Nevertheless, after a 24-hour-long rest at a stable, the animals are carried further on to the ports of Koper (Slovenia) and Raša (Croatia).
This time on three trucks instead of only two, but investigators of IALS observe again some terribly weak and exhausted calves at the arrival of the trucks in the ports.
From here, the transport continues by sea and the animals are loaded on the livestock vessels with destination Israel.
Our experience shows that sick animals are usually left untreated and their dead bodies are regularly dumped into the Mediterranean Sea.
It is common practice to simply throw sick or dead animals overboard. Many even alive.The ear tag is removed beforehand so that the place of origin cannot be located.
After arrival at Israel Shipyards located in Haifa, the journey of these animals is not over yet. The investigators from IALS find “our” calves, beside many others, loaded on small trucks and carried further on to quarantine stables.
During this stage of transport, the temperature measured inside the trucks exceeds 37 degrees Celsius. The calves will be kept in quarantine for a month due to local potential illnesses in the area, before they are sent to fattening farms.
These findings illustrate the failure of the industry, EU Member States and the EU Commission to protect the welfare of animals during long distance transports to non-EU-countries. The suffering of animals on long journeys is inevitable and thus the European Union must stop this cruel and archaic trade involving sentient beings.
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And I mean… With the failure of the 8-hour campaign (the initiative of 1.2 million EU citizens to limit animal transport to 8 hours), animal suffering during animal transport has remained the same, if not worse.
A catastrophic consequence of globalization or world trade is the increase in animal transport and the extension of transport distances. This enables the animal industry to market animals internationally.
Around 3.8 million animals are transported every day in the EU alone. That is 1.4 billion animals a year.
In the EU, producers and processors have long since recognized animals as general cargo and are treated like “export goods”. The steps in meat production are separate: breeding, husbandry and fattening concentrate where the feed and wage costs are low.
Many animals do not survive the cruel transports or they collapse due to exhaustion after days of torture.
These cases are clearly violations of applicable EU animal welfare law, but are rarely punished.
The ruling of the European Court of Justice in April 2015 clearly defines the legal situation: “EU Animal Welfare Ordinance No. 1/2005 must be complied with until the animals’ final destination, even if it is outside the EU.”
In reality, however, every right ends as soon as the EU borders are reached.
And because the EU Commission is the strongest and worst agricultural lobby, it does not see this as its duty to impose sanctions on lawbreakers.
The violation of the animal transport law is the rule in the EU and not the exception.
They are images that shock deeply and shake even strong nerves. Sheep, cows, calves and lambs crammed together in ships’ overheated storage rooms and then mistreated.
Sick and dead animals lie around, smeared with excrement and blood. Many suffer injuries and broken bones.
As in all other sectors of the economy, “livestock farming” is all about money. That is why animal transports go where the highest profits are – even if it is over thousands of kilometers.
The main thing is that every meat eater gets his cheap daily meat and the second thing is the meat industry makes its billions with the suffering of animals and the support of the EU.
My best regards to all, Venus