Report from the german organization Animals ’Angels e.V.
August 5, 2021
Heat wave in Greece – temperatures up to 47 ° C – but animal transports continue!
An Animals ‘Angels team is on site on the motorway in the north of the country.
Many of the sheep and lambs are transported from Romania.
The government there recently instructed the veterinary authorities not to have these animals transported on four levels, but on a maximum of three levels.
This should give them more space and allow the air to circulate better. So much for the theory.
But the new decree is apparently ignored by the transporters, because it endangers their profits.
In the truck with three levels, we therefore see far too many animals – even more than usual – squeezed together.
They are so close that they can hardly move anymore. In addition, some of the vehicles are not built to transport the animals on less than four levels.
As a result, most of the water troughs are not at the level of the animals. Many cannot get to them and remain thirsty in the extreme heat.
Therefore it is only a small consolation that many of the transports were probably made in the cooler hours of the night.
Because we find most of them early in the morning.
But their total route is usually much longer than one night. Inevitably, the animals are exposed to the hellish heat in Greece even on the day.
Finally stop these transports!
Also this year we are on the road with the animals in Germany and Europe during the hot months.
We document their suffering and make it visible to politicians, authorities and the public. Wherever possible, we help on site.
With our documentation and complaints, we are calling on politicians and the authorities to stop heat transport.
With our information sheet in many different languages for vets, drivers and transport companies, we sensitize these professional groups to the problems on the transports in summer.
We have created a practical manual for police officers in which we give practical tips on how to handle animal transports at high temperatures.
▶ Animal transports – whether over long or short distances – must be prohibited throughout the EU in hot summer months. This also includes exports to countries outside the EU.
Restricting certain routes is not enough!
▶ If transport over short distances is unavoidable, this should only be carried out at night when it is cooler.
▶ The limit values for the temperatures in the EU regulation for the protection of animals during transport must be corrected significantly downwards, depending on the species.
Translation of the video text:
Animals are transported every summer despite the temperatures being far too high. In doing so, they suffer a lot – from so-called heat stress. They can no longer regulate their body temperature and overheat.
The fans in the transports are not comparable to air conditioning. They can only exchange the air but not effectively lower the temperature in the vehicle.
Involuntary physical contact increases the animals’ heat stress. The body heat of their companions causes the temperature in the van to rise further. Overloading and low ceilings also restrict air circulation.
Too often the animals stay thirsty. The water troughs are regular:
… not suitable for their species
… empty or parked
… unfamiliar or strange to them
… built in and not accessible.
When the sun is shining, the animals suffer even more on the transports!
Animals ’Angels e.V.
And I mean…Since 1977 there have been laws in the EU to protect animals during transport.
Most recently, they were updated by the EU-wide EU Animal Welfare Transport Regulation EG 1/2005.
But why do the animals suffer on the transports and cannot be effectively protected by these laws?
First and foremost because there is no time limit for animal transport.
In principle, the animals can be transported endlessly.
In the EU there is no general upper limit for the duration of animal transport.
Just these values:
-Animals that are still being suckled: nine hours of transport, one hour of rest and watering, and another nine hours of driving
-Pigs: transport for up to 24 hours with constant access to drinking water
-Cattle, sheep and goats: 14 hours of transport, one hour of rest and watering, again 14 hours of travel
In addition: Due to the tightness of the transport, they cannot lie down. As soon as an animal lies down and the driver notices it, it is driven up again. Because of the lack of space, the risk of injury is great.
An animal lying on the ground is quickly kicked by the others or others stand over it so that it cannot get up.
Over a billion live farm animals are transported within the EU every year. And these are only those that have been recorded.
There are no complete statistics. Animals that are transported within a country are also not counted here.
The reason for the transports is usually that the companies want to take advantage of lower prices for fattening or slaughtering.
In the agricultural industry, work steps are separated: breeding, keeping and fattening are concentrated where feed and wage costs are low.
So apart from the profit there are no other arguments that billions of animals in the EU are tortured in transports for hours or even days every year and lose their lives on trucks.
Why is all this still possible?
Because our politicians and the EU are still sticking to the merciless system of profit maximization with the subsidy practice and promoting such transports with billions in taxpayers’ money.
The EU supports the export of live per beef, for example, with 200 euros.
Brussels currently subsidizes cattle transports with 45 million euros a year.
Slaughter takes place where it is cheapest. Fattening takes place where it is cheapest.
In this way, a network of the animal production industry has emerged across Europe, which is fattened by our taxpayers’ money.
My best regards to all, Venus