The Cologne Administrative Court has banned 132 pregnant cattle from being transported to Morocco on the grounds that the cattle there are often not slaughtered in accordance with animal welfare standards.
The 132 Holstein cows were pregnant and, according to the carrier, should go to a Moroccan dairy farm. The judges didn’t believe that, however.
According to the court order, the sales contract and the logbook show that the buyer was a slaughterhouse.
Berlin, November 24th, 2020:
PROVIEH welcomes the decision of the Cologne Administrative Court to ban the export of live animals to Morocco.
Before the Cologne Administrative Court decided in favor of the ban, the veterinary office had initially refused permission to transport the pregnant cattle to Morocco.
Two exporters had sued against this – and lost in an urgent procedure.
The transport planned for November 18, 2020, was not allowed to take place because the judges in Morocco feared that the animals would be slaughtered in a manner that was not appropriate to animal welfare.
“The decision of the Cologne Administrative Court evaluates PROVIEH as a success for animal welfare. There is a very high probability that the cattle in Morocco would have been slaughtered under conditions that were contrary to animal welfare, ” comments Patrick Müller, Head of Capital at PROVIEH.
“The decision was intended to encourage other veterinary offices not to process any transports that are expected to contain animal welfare violations en route or in the destination country.
We finally need nationwide uniform regulations for animal transports so that there are no more blatant misjudgments, such as the one from the Potsdam Administrative Court a few weeks ago, where the transport of pregnant cattle was permitted with reference to the EU regulation.
The European regulation for the protection of animals during transport must also be interpreted uniformly and completely in terms of animal welfare. “
Time and again, massive animal welfare violations occur in the case of live animal exports.
Problems arise from the fact that the animals are not regularly and insufficiently fed and supplied with water, even at high temperatures.
Supply breaks are not observed, appropriate supply stations, especially in third countries, are not approached or do not even exist. In the EU, the regulations are completely inadequate, but compliance with these minimum requirements is not even ensured in third countries.
The applicable law is repeatedly circumvented when live animal exports to third countries: The animals are often declared as breeding animals, although experts doubt that the animals are actually used for breeding. Usually neither the climate is suitable, nor is there a suitable food base for the animals in the destination country.
The animals are “consumed” within a short time and are often slaughtered under dire conditions.
This has now also been recognized by the Cologne Administrative Court, at least in the case of a transport to Morocco.
The Potsdam Administrative Court decided otherwise in September and allowed live animals to be exported. This shows how differently the courts assess the situation and how urgent national and EU-wide uniform legal regulations and controls are.
Basically, PROVIEH demands:
-a nationwide immediate suspension of all animal transports to third countries
-a nationwide uniform and valid regulation for the termination of long-distance transports contrary to animal welfare
-a transport time restriction of a maximum of eight hours within the EU and four hours for domestic transport
-no handling of animal transports at possible outside temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius
And I mean…“The transport of certain animals is prohibited according to the EU directive and the related regulation (EC) No. 1/2005.
This applies to very young animals, for example, calves under ten days old, piglets under three weeks old, and lambs under a week, unless the distance is less than 100 kilometers
The EU regulation also prohibits the transport of pregnant animals in the last phase of pregnancy and for one week after birth. “
The larger the EU becomes, the greater the distances over which animals are traded.
For example, calves are sold to Spain from the age of 10 days. A trip that takes two to three days from Germany.
Although according to the EU statute it is forbidden to transport calves in long distances if they are less than 14 days old.
If the calves come from Eastern European countries, the journey time is correspondingly longer.
And there are other transport routes. Namely those to countries outside Europe.
What happens in slaughterhouses in third countries has been documented for years, how the animals are mistreated on the transports, and how cruel are the methods with which they are ultimately slaughtered.
Nevertheless, neither the corrupt German federal government nor the unsuitable European Commission does anything to prevent this unnecessary (and illegal) cruelty to animals.
As in many areas, the German government has totally failed in the area of animal welfare. Why?
Because factory farming is wanted by the government and will continue to be subsidized with billions in taxpayers’ money.
Although the meat is cheap and almost every second pig ends up in the garbage, the large surplus of meat is exported abroad and the keeping conditions for the poor animals have hardly or not at all improved, new factory farms are being approved more and more.
This is totally sick.
But these are the excesses of damn capitalism. Money rules the world and the unscrupulous owners of the agricultural corporations who trample animal welfare can go on as they want.
We welcome the decision of the court, but the fate of animals during animal transport should be regulated by a uniform law and not be dependent on private decisions.
Because then we cannot talk about effective animal welfare, but only about nice judges.
My best regards to all, Venus