The new film by Manfred Karremann “Cattle for the Orient”
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/090636-000-A/rinder-fuer-den-orient/ (in German and French)
1.4 billion animals are transported in the EU every year, as far as North Africa and the Middle East. For years, the main customers for German and EU cattle have been third countries such as Lebanon, Libya, and Egypt, but also Turkey.
As if animal transports within the European Union weren’t bad enough: If animals are transported to countries outside the EU, they are often exposed to extreme heat or cold. Not only long travel times but also long waiting times at the borders do their part.
It’s criminal, it’s a political shame to let them cart to countries where there is no animal protection law.
As soon as animals leave the EU on trucks or ships, animal welfare is usually over.
Immediately after the journeys to hell, their tendons are cut or their eyes gouged out to make them defenseless – many of them fight for their lives for minutes in the slaughterhouse because of imprecise cuts in their necks.
Tied bull from the Czech Republic shortly before slaughter in Lebanon (Photo: © Animals International)
Although the European Court of Justice ruled in 2015: “Animal welfare does not end at the border of the European Union. The welfare of the animals must be ensured until the final destination – whether stables or slaughterhouses”.
But at the destinations of animal transports, for example in Lebanon or Egypt, nobody is interested in the regulations of Europeans.
Controls are missing.
The following applies: where there is no plaintiff – there is no judge.
German bull with severed tendons in an Egyptian slaughterhouse (Photo: © Animals International)
In 1990 the filmmaker Manfred Karremann made his first film about animal transports: his pictures of tortured farm animals from Germany and Europe resulted in millions of protests.
Cruelty to animals is the order of the day, nothing has improved since the 1990s, compared to his current film, everything remains the same, today’s images are the same as the old ones
Manfred Karremann: “Cattle for the Orient”
Subsequently, with more and more films, the whole animal suffering between the stable and the slaughterhouse came to light.
The European Union has reacted to this: New regulations have been passed time and again, whether it’s water tanks on the truck or dividing grids for the animals in the hold – and finally in 2015 the EU canceled the export premiums.
But only within the EU. As soon as animals leave the EU on trucks or ships, animal welfare is usually over.
And for most transport companies in the EU, animal transport laws hardly play a role.
In June 2020, the European Parliament approved a commission of inquiry into animal transport.
Because: Even after decades of protests against intolerable conditions, animals for slaughter are still dying of thirst on week-long transports across national borders. That can no longer be tolerated in the 21st century!
1.4 billion animals are transported alive in the EU every year, across Europe to the Middle East and North Africa, mostly just for slaughter.
But why not slaughter on-site in Europe and then only transport the meat – and at least save the animals the agony of weeks of transport?
That is the crucial question: Do so many animals have to be transported around the world alive and painful?
The economic factor: Animal transports is a billion-dollar business.
Transports go to where the highest profits can be expected. In the agricultural industry, work steps are separated: breeding, keeping, and fattening are concentrated where feed and wage costs are low.
Many EU states do not meet the national demand for “slaughter” animals from their own “production” and therefore import animals from other EU states.
These in turn are looking for buyers for their ‘overproduction’.
The EU knows all this and the EU countries earn money from this suffering.
The prices paid by the slaughterhouses per kilogram of carcass vary, which is why there is a high incentive to accept longer transport routes for a few cents more profit per kilo of meat.
In addition, the transport of live animals is much cheaper than the transport of meat, which has to get to its destination in special refrigerated trucks.
The law hits pigs and horses worst. They can be transported indefinitely. After a 24-hour journey, the transport may continue for a further 24 hours after a 24-hour break. In this rhythm, pigs and horses can cover endless distances.
The political situation: The EU Agriculture Committee has prepared a report on the implementation of the regulation. This states that the regulation needs to be improved and monitored more closely.
Transports should be as short as possible and instead of living animals, meat should be transported instead of breeding animals.
In addition, the report demands that no transports from the EU to third countries may take place, because there is no guarantee that the provisions of the EU Transport Regulation will be complied with to the destination.
In February 2019, the members of the European Parliament approved the implementation report.
However, the crucial passages have been deleted:
a) exporting meat instead of living animals and
b) generally preventing transports to third countries.
The law says: “It is forbidden to hit, kick or injure animals. Mechanical means such as rope winches that are attached to the body must not be used. Very sick or seriously injured animals may not be transported”.
And yet! The violations of animal transport law in the EU are alarming!!
The legal requirements regarding the transportability of the animals were most frequently violated.
Sick, injured, and heavily pregnant cattle and pigs have transported accordingly.
It happens every day, it is the rule it is not the exception.
More animals are loaded on the trucks than is allowed.
The break times to care for the animals are not observed, animals with injuries, pregnant animals are loaded, vehicles have technical defects, the ships are mostly out of date scrap, etc.
It is an illusion to believe that the EU would give up its privileged fourth place as a meat producer in the world and that live animal transport would end.
Petitions are not enough to achieve this.
We have to fight in the streets, organize large demonstrations in front of the EU Parliament, we have to harass and disturb the EU.
All of these useless officials do not have the right to sleep peacefully.
My best regards to all, Venus