Austrian public broadcaster sheds light on live transport at prime time
18 January 2021
Cattle crammed into trucks, brutally loaded onto ships, slaughtered while fully conscious – disturbing images of animals being transported to the Middle East, including those of Austrian cattle in Lebanon, as well as interviews with Eurogroup for Animals’ members Four Paws and Animals International are featured in a new documentary which was broadcasted at prime time on Austrian television.
The documentary feature called “Animal transports – cheap meat at any price?” took a critical look at this much-discussed topic last Wednesday, 13 January 2021. The documentary looks at the crucial questions of how and why these animals from Austria are transported thousands of kilometres, also addressing the crux of why domestic calves are exported at all, while most of the veal for Austrian gastronomy is imported. In the past, these questions have triggered not only a public but also a political debate in Austria.
Every year about 45,000 calves are exported from Austria to countries such as Italy or Spain, while about 100,000 animals are imported to Austria to end up on the plates of local restaurants.
In Vienna, 60 per cent of the Wiener Schnitzel consists of imported veal. Most of it comes from the Netherlands and is produced under conditions that would not be permitted in Austria. This, however, is not comprehensible to the consumer as most menus are not transparent. A schnitzel from Austrian veal would cost 50 cents more, and 20 cents more for pork.
There are a million pigs in German stables that are to be slaughtered!!!
The overhang of pigs that have not been slaughtered in Germany is becoming more and more threatening.
The pig farmers’ stables are bursting at the seams. There is a lack of slaughter capacities.
Due to the failure of large German slaughterhouses due to the Corona crisis, due to the lack of workers, and due to stricter hygiene rules, the entire system is about to collapse !!
The sows throw new piglets every day, while the farmers don’t get rid of their pigs when they are ready for slaughter.
Another problem: the animals are getting heavier. The optimal slaughter weight is around 92 to 105 kilograms per animal.
If the pigs are heavier, the price goes down. And the additional feed costs extra.
The Agriculture Minister of Lower Saxony,Otte-Kinast, pointed out the psychological strain on the farmers (!!!) affected by the pig jam:
“The desperation is huge,” she says.
In one week alone, 165,000 fewer pigs are slaughtered than in the previous year. These animals must continue to be fed and they also do not make room for piglets that are also accumulating.
Pig congestion is still the main problem for the pig market in Germany, with around 680,000 pigs recently – and this also has a very negative effect on the particularly closely linked markets in the Netherlands and Belgium.
“We can’t get the compartments cleared fast enough. That’s why we’re currently on a collision course with animal welfare,” says a farmer.
This is a consequence of the corona pandemic (???).
The slaughterhouses have cut their production significantly for months. At Tönnies, for example, the number of battles fell to around 70 percent of the pre-pandemic era.
Since then one speaks of a “pig congestion”.
And I mean…“The economic consequences for the pig farmers are catastrophic”.
If it is not possible to murder, then that is «threatening».
Only the economic consequences for the animal exploiter are important, the fellow-creature is totally unimportant.
The farmers complained months ago that they are sitting on 500,000 pigs that urgently need to be slaughtered.
If you know that the average time a pig mother is carried is 114 days, why not pull the ripcord at 500,000 pigs?
Why was insemination continued and thus piglets “produced”?
These intelligent, pain-sensitive, social creatures are entitled to an average of six months before they are sent to death by suffocation.
Consumer goods can certainly be produced in advance, but Not living beings!
Now the farmers are complaining again because they lose a lot of money for each pig that is fed too long and no longer corresponds to the normal slaughter weight!
If the “business” doesn’t pay off anymore, get out, and plant potatoes, or do some agriculture.
There are now organizations that even help to get out.
That would mean a revolutionary change in the world
We are in regular contact with Erika at AAU; and are always amazed at the work that is done by the AAU crew to help suffering animals. Here are a few of the latest videos that have been sent to us. We wish them growing success, and may all their fantastic work continue – one day soon it will be across ALL India !
You’ve probably heard the song that goes, “What the world, needs now, is love sweet love”? It was written in the 1960s but it’s certainly still true. While the world battles the pandemic and plenty of political chaos, the animals here have, every moment, reminded us that the most enduring, stabilizing and beautiful fact is that love works. It supports, soothes, heals and energizes all of us.
No surprise that chickens, too, thrive with love, when it is expressed as a safe place, plentiful food, fresh air, and friends. Happy New Year from our rescued rooster Rockstar, who joins us all in thanking you for your love, sweet love, which the world needs now, and which you give us every day.
Butterfly’s eyes seem to speak as her healing begins.
Someone noticed a donkey in a field whosebone was exposed from a devastating friction wound, made worse by maggots. Our rescuers found that she flinched when approached, telling us that she didn’t trust people.During her first treatment, she lay perfectly still, her expression fearful and defeated.
Her eyes conveyed so much, it is hard to summarize in just a word. They held anguish, resignation, fatigue. But they also radiated kindness, announcing her profound sweetness. As soon as we eased her pain with medicine, stabilizing bandages and a splint, her glow of life brightened–you could just see it. Watch this girl, so inward and dejected at the start, unfurl her beautiful wings and beam with life as she heals.
Every loving moment we shared with animals in 2020 refreshed our hearts and gave us so much strength. The animals awakened our humor, and filled us with energy to do our best each day. Even though the pandemic made it a difficult year, the animals and your extraordinary help through thick and thin, kept us going strong.
A paralysed dog growled and barked,but patience brought the sweetest reward.
We don’t know what caused this sweetheart’s injury.His spine was hurt and he could not stand. His legs were limp, and someone had loosely tied them together; we don’t know why. It seemed he had a story to tell. At first, rigid with pain, he merely endured his initial assessment, but ate with so much relaxed enthusiasm that we named him Comfy.
Some time later, though, feeling a bit better, he let us know that perhaps we had named him “Comfy” too soon. He told us we were not welcome to touch him. He growled. He barked. And he kept it up for a while. We knew that without physiotherapy he might never walk again, but how could we manage it if he wouldn’t let us touch him?
Watch Comfy’s transition from paralysed and frustrated to becoming fully mobile, happy and finally…a comfy bundle of love.
Spotlight on the teamOne of the gems in our midst is Deepak Nath.
He joined the team as a care-giver a year ago and doesn’t pass by an animal without giving a cuddle. You know someone is incredibly special when on their days off from work they bring injured animals they’ve found to Animal Aid for treatment.
One of the gems in our midst is Deepak Nath. He joined the team as a care-giver a year ago and doesn’t pass by an animal without giving a cuddle.
You know someone is incredibly special when on their days off from work they bring injured animals they’ve found to Animal Aid for treatment
Most of the people we hire for the role of care-giver have never before worked with animals.
While this can pose a challenge for us it also gives us hope when we see how people from all different backgrounds can take on animal protection as a way of life. Click here for latest positions from Emergency Call Attendant to Veterinary Doctor for residents of India.
Last night, 17/1, I completed and submitted to the UK government our responses regarding the proposed ban on live animal exports from the UK. Almost immediately I was informed that our submission had been accepted by the Ministry and would join others for the final review.
Our response, once completed, comprised of 41 written pages of written text; without any photos but with video footage and also links to past media coverage on specific issues.
I am not going to show our responses here on this site; as some of the data relates to specific investigative operations undertaken in the past, which we do not want to make them public. In the information provided to the government we have requested that our information be kept private and confidential; only to be reviewed by the government; and not openly presented to wider audiences as it could have been. Again, we have had confirmation of this request.
As you probably know by now; live animal transport is my major ‘hate’ in this animal abuse world. It has taken me personally 32 years of activism to get to the situation we are now at – and with stories from 32 years stored away (in my still functioning head I think ?) there is a lot of info to look back at and select as important. Saying that, the aim of the response to the government is to get a ban on live animal transport this year; and I feel confident / hopeful that in the end we will succeed. I know that several other personal contacts in the ‘animal rights world’ are also making submissions at this time; so hopefully we can look for change in the near future.
As a member state of the EU; and despite the vast majority wishes of most UK citizens for a ban to be introduced for many years; the British government was banned (by the EU) from introducing a ban on live animal exports. As the UK broke away from the EU completely at the end of last year (2020); it can now take back its own control and have its own laws on issues – and the potential ban on live transport is one of them.
This does not mean that we now forget the tens of thousands of animals in transport across the EU; and the fact that many of them are evading EU regulations to end up being ritually slaughtered (against EU legislation) in places such as Lebanon and Libya. We will continue to work as always with our EU friends to ensure that combined, we get the very best we can for the animals.
I am now glad that task is completed and I can get onto to other things.
Here are just a small selection of photos I have taken on this disgusting business over the years:
Below – exposing French calves being imported into the UK (a scam) to obtain compensation payouts by the UK government which should have only been made to British industry only ! – things turned real nasty after I took this photo; we caught them and they did not take kindly – but then few things in life are ever perfect !
Above – British calves being exported by the Dutch to the ‘crate’ systems.
Below – Mrs ‘Plod’ makes sure I behave !
Above – Protesting against the calf trade with Ellie and Liza
Above – and below – Crated calves in the EU
Above – A transporter driver sends us his best regards !
Mink farms not only cause immense animal suffering, these coronavirus reservoirs put human lives at risk, say animal welfare groups
By FOUR PAWS, Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance
A year ago, no one would have imagined that the coronavirus pandemic would hit the world, affecting more than 91 million people, and killing more than 1.9 million. People are looking forward to a better 2021 for their countries, their families and themselves. However, worries about the long-term impact of COVID-19 persist.
In 2021, urgent action must be taken to halt the spread and to eliminate potential sources of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Farms where mink (Neovison vison) are bred for fur production, beside causing immense suffering to animals, are coronavirus reservoirs.
Risk to humans and animals
Farmed mink are highly susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection. They catch it from humans, pass it on to each other and spread it back to humans.
“The poor living conditions on fur farms, which keep animals In unnatural close proximity facilitate the spread of the disease.”
The first cases were identified in the Netherlands in April 2020. Since then, more than 390 mink farms have been infected by the virus in Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Spain, Italy, France and, most recently, new infections have been identified in Poland and Lithuania. More mink farms are affected in the U.S. and Canada.
The poor living conditions on fur farms, which keep animals in unnatural close proximity, facilitate the spread of the disease.
“Clearly, this issue causes significant danger for humans and terrible suffering for animals. On fur farms, mink are crammed into tiny cages. Specifically, 0.255 square meters are available for each animal,” said Thomas Pietsch, fur expert at FOUR PAWS. “Stressed or weakened animals, crammed closely together with thousands of conspecifics, provide the ideal breeding ground for infectious diseases.”
Affected countries have taken drastic measures. The Netherlands moved up its ban on fur farming to 2021 from 2024 and has culled all its mink. Ireland decided to cull its farmed mink population pre-emptively, likely ending the industry in the country. Hungary also announced a ban on mink and other species farming as a precautionary measure.
The issue has turned the corner after Danish public health authorities found new virus variants of COVID-19 originating from mink in a number of infected humans. This new variant could make vaccines less effective, as it may potentially reduce the effect of antibodies. Consequently, the Danish government decided to cull up to 17 million farmed mink and suspended mink farming until 2022.
The example of Denmark is a warning: spillover of SARS-CoV-2 from humans to mink, and mink to humans is not a new finding and could have severe public health implications.
It has had a considerable resonance in Brussels. A few days after the mutation was detected, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) highlighted the fact that new strands of coronavirus could potentially undermine the international efforts to combat the virus. An EU Rapid Risk Assessment has been conducted by the ECDC, the European Medicines Agency and the European Food Safety Authority. Moreover, EU agriculture ministers agreed that this is a European health issue, which needs a harmonized response. During the Agri Council meeting in November, the German Minister of Agriculture and former president of the Council, Julia Klöckner, questioned whether mink keeping still has a future at all.
“Allowing the continuation of mink farming by putting niche economic interests over public health should not be an option.”
“The Commission is expected to draft a working paper on the issue of COVID-19 and mink production,” said Pierre Sultana, director of the FOUR PAWS European Policy Office. “We hope the Commission will adopt a precautionary approach and recognize that the issue can have severe consequences on human health. Allowing the continuation of mink farming by putting niche economic interests over public health should not be an option .”
The Commission issued an implementing decision on December 21 2020 on protective measures in relation to reporting SARS-CoV-2 infection in mink and other Mustelidae and raccoon dogs. The Commission asks member states to monitor and report susceptible animals for SARS-CoV-2 infection, including mink and raccoon dogs, and acknowledges the need to take urgent, harmonized action on this issue. However, it falls short of addressing effectively the serious public health risks linked to mink farming.
Urgent and proportionate action is needed
In an open letter to the Commission published on December 15 2020, 47 Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance member organizations from all EU member countries called for an end to fur farming. We cannot afford the risk that the production of fur impedes efforts to eradicate this disease by preserving a reservoir for SARS-CoV-2 or undermining the efficacy of future vaccines.
To tackle the issue effectively, the EU must adopt emergency and proportionate measures by suspending all mink farming, including breeding — and all in-country and cross-border transportation of live mink and their raw pelts, both inside and outside the European Union. As part of such a measure, the EU should play a key role in making ‘One Health’ a reality — a concept that acknowledges how tightly interknit human, animal and environmental health are — and further promote the comprehensive “One Welfare” approach.
“It is more urgent than ever, in times where new mutations of this deadly virus are starting to emerge in animals and humans.”
Joh Vinding, chair of the Fur Free Alliance
First, the EU must prevent the establishment of SARS-CoV-2 reservoirs. From a public health perspective, the continued presence of mink farms in Europe would serve to maintain coronavirus reservoir within human communities. Despite enhanced biosecurity, early warning surveillance and immediate culling of animals in infected farms, experience in Denmark and the Netherlands has shown that it has been impossible to stop the transmission of the virus.
Second, the EU must avert the spread of an emerging virus in a new host which may lead to an accumulation of mutations and resistance to developed vaccines. Given the devastating impacts caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, we cannot afford to take this risk.
The upcoming meeting of the EU Agricultural Ministers on January 25 will offer the perfect opportunity to discuss COVID-19 and mink farming.
“We ask the Ministers of Agriculture of all EU Member States to call on the Commission to take effective action to suspend the breeding of mink in fur farming across the EU,” said Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals.
“It is more urgent than ever, in times where new mutations of this deadly virus are starting to emerge in animals and humans,” said Joh Vinding, chair of the Fur Free Alliance.
Fur farms cause massive animal suffering and now we know that they also pose an enormous health risk for humans. A large majority of EU citizens reject fur farms and support a ban of this outdated industry which is already illegal in a growing number of member countries.
According to the United Nations, the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 outbreak will cost at least $8.5 trillion to the world economy over the next two years and the EU needs to provide financial assistance of up to €100 billion to avoid a major economic crisis. There is hope in 2021 thanks to vaccination programs, but the battle is not over. COVID-19 in mink farms is a pressing issue: there is no better time to end fur farming.
Every year, 320 million rabbits are slaughtered for meat in the European Union – and there are currently no legal provisions to protect them. This means that 99% of farmed rabbits are kept in small wire cages with little more space than an A4 sheet of paper.
Animal Equality has repeatedly documented the terrible suffering of rabbits in battery cages in Spain and Italy – where 60% of all rabbit farms in the EU are located.
In Spain alone we have investigated 70 rabbit farms and 4 slaughterhouses and in each and every single one we have found evidence of extreme cruelty.
Animal Equality has released shocking, never-before-seen footage of rabbits suffering on farms in Europe as part of a campaign to urge Members of the European Parliament to vote in favor of measures that could put an end to the use of barren battery cages for rabbits.
Animal Equality`s investigators have seen rabbits with open wounds, painful eye infections and even rabbits whose ears have been bitten off by their stressed companions.
Due to the crowded and unnatural conditions, up to 30% of farmed rabbits die or are killed even before arriving at the slaughterhouse – that percentage is higher than with any other farmed animal.
Rabbits are after poultry the most killed land animals worldwide
They are also brutally tortured and killed for other pets such as dogs and cats ️
320 million rabbits are raised and fattened for meat every year in the European Union.
The largest producers are Spain,Italy and France.
The conditions in which the animals are kept are cruel – there are hardly any minimum standards for keeping them. 99% of rabbits kept in the EU live in tight metal cages, unable to meet even their most basic needs.
Animal Equality has conducted research on 70 Spanish rabbit farms for two years.
In this way the most comprehensive pictorial documentation of the rabbit breeding industry in Europe was created to date.
Animal Equality, also succeeded in taking pictures from Italian slaughterhouses and is launching an international campaign, in order to make public the suffering that animals endure in these breeding facilities.
“We are shocked by these images, where farm workers kill young rabbits by blunt force trauma, and sick animals are left for days crammed inside filthy cages with no veterinary treatment. We as a modern and civilised society, should not tolerate these abuses.” ~ Matteo Cupi, Head of Investigations UK
“We are glad to hear, that a respected institution such as the National Theatre has taken a stand against needless cruelty to animals, deciding to remove rabbit meat from their menu, and to break their relationship with Spanish distributors.”
“Animal Equality has already taken legal action against 70 farms and 2 slaughterhouses, will continue to shed light on the cruelties inflicted upon animals in factory farms.” ~ Laura Gough, Spokesperson.
And I mean…On March 14, 2017, the European Parliamentvoted 410 to 205 votes for measures to improve the welfare of farmed rabbits, including drafting legislation to end the use of battery cages.
It was the result of a long-fought initiative by German EX-EU parliamentarian Stefan Eckto protect breeding rabbits.
Compassionate celebrities like Evanna Lynch, Victoria Summer, Peter Egan, and Dave Spikey also supported the campaign.
And so we thought that this legislation would annually help over 340 million rabbits who suffer from extreme ailments in battery cages.
Among other things, this report recommends removing cages so rabbits can be on the ground and develop some of their natural social behaviors.
The new ordinance came into force on August 11, 2014.
That was a step in the right direction, but the new regulation only stipulates completely inadequate improvements in husbandry – in particular, keeping in cages should remain possible.
In addition, the owners of existing housing facilities are granted transition periods of up to 10 years for new construction and conversion measures, depending on the investment requirements, which is why it can be assumed that nothing will change for the animals in the near future.
Rabbits are used for different purposes: as a supplier of meat, fur and angora wool, as laboratory animals and as pets. Around 67.5% of the rabbit meat consumed in Germany comes from pure breed rabbits and is largely slaughtered privately and consumed for personal use or sold on a small scale.
In conventional rabbit fattening in large German herds with several thousand fattening places, cage management dominates, which is comparable to the keeping of laying hens in battery cages, which was practiced in Germany until recently.
The metal cages, which are often stacked on top of each other, can be seen from all sides and do not offer the rabbits any retreat or hiding place or any other structuring – only drinking and eating facilities are available. The grid floor (made of metal, wood or plastic) is litter-free, which often causes wounds on their legs when the animals stand and sit on the grid.
In addition, little space is given to the animals: The cages are usually 30-40 cm high and contain groups of up to 8 animals. Each individual rabbit has only approx. 800 cm² of usable space available in the finishing fattening: this corresponds to the area of approx.
One DIN A4 sheet plus five EC cards.
Currently, millions of rabbits are suffering and dying in barren battery cages on farms across the EU – in conditions that would be illegal for chickens.
Although it is the second largest farm animal in Europe, the EU regulations cannot yet guarantee species-specific legislation for the protection of rabbits.
New Viva! Research: 9 in 10 Britons want intensive farming methods BANNED
Our new poll reveals that an astounding 85 percent of peoplewant to introduce an immediate ban on intensive factory farming.
We also found that some 31 percent of Britons are set to slash their meat consumption or go vegan in 2021 amid Covid-19 concerns. Londoners are set to make the biggest change to their diets – with around 44 percent vowing to avoid animal products.
As you know, 3 in 4 of the world’s new or emerging infectious diseases such as coronavirus come from animals – mainly from factory farming and the trade in wildlife. This means that 57 zoonotic diseases were responsible for an estimated 2.6 billion cases of human illness and 4.4 million deaths in 2020.
If a sheep lies on its back in the pasture…then it needs your help
It can no longer get back on its own.
If nobody helps it, it will die relatively quickly Reason: gases collect in the stomach and the animal bursts internally
Quick help is required, as follows:
1) regardless of whether the sheep is kicking or lying motionless … go to the pasture and check the situation
2) if the sheep is alive, stand behind its back and …
reaches into his wool with courage
3) roll it back to its feet with momentum
The sheep will not harm you and you cannot do anything wrong
By the way, you save not just one life … but usually two
Many of the sheep are pregnant or suckling lambs
And I can say: I did it too, and very often, because I live in the Black Forest and am surrounded by “farm”- animals.
It’s very easy.
The only thing to overcome is the feeling that you might hurt the sheep a bit if you pull its wool.
No problem! Sheep have a lot of space under their wool.
But even if it does … it will soon forget that as soon as it returns to its comrades.
Disturbing images from the end of November 2020 show how hundreds of pigs, with their extremely sensitive noses, sleep, eat, drink and die in a pathetically smelly mixture of their own feces and urine.
They stand and lie inches deep in their own droppings
The explosive: The conditions have been known to the veterinary office since November and still exist because the technical problems that caused them have not yet been resolved (!!!) The operation continues as normal without the animals concerned having at least been housed elsewhere.
It is unbelievable and yet everyday life in German “animal production”.
The veterinary office knows about the conditions and has been on-site several times. Even so, it doesn’t even order the animals to be housed elsewhere.
As almost always in pig fattening, the animals suffer from necrosis due to bitten tails, open wounds, umbilical hernias, and eye infections. The omnipresent excrement makes the infections worse.
In one corridor of the plant, there is even no cover for the slurry basin: Apparently, nobody cares that pigs can fall into it and drown in agony.
The head injuries of many animals in the carcass house also suggest that sick pigs are regularly killed here with a bolt shot in the head – which ARIWA has already documented many times in other companies.
These pictures show once more: Even the absurdly low statutory minimum standards are not enforced in the animal industry. The only solution to end this millionfold suffering is a consistent move away from animal products.
Beaten, kicked, failed: Animal cruelty in the organic slaughterhouse
Is that how you imagined everyday life in organic slaughterhouse?
Many people turn to organic meat because they think organic stands for animal welfare.
The latest undercover research by the German Animal Welfare Office (Deutsches Tierschutzbüro) uncovered the scandalous conditions at the” FÄRBER”company organic slaughterhouse at the gates of the capital Berlin!
The leaked recordings show cruel animal cruelty through mistreatment and mistreatment of defenseless animals and prove one thing above all:
Whether organic slaughterhouse, trusted butcher, or slaughterhouse giant – all animals fight for their lives, none die voluntarily and their killing is always painful. After the video material was leaked to the organization, they immediately informed the responsible veterinary office. The veterinary office and the public prosecutor’s office then received all of the evidence.
The company has now been closed by the responsible veterinary office. It’s a success! the scandal organic slaughterhouse stops slaughtering!
Bio-Company and Bio Manufaktur Havelland have announced that they have discontinued their cooperation with the horror slaughterhouse.
A great success against cruelty to animals?
But that is not enough: those responsible must be held accountable and given fair punishment.
Please share this video so that everyone can see that only avoiding animal products is an effective protection against animal cruelty.
And I mean:“Enjoy our meat” is the slogan of the FÄRBER company “For quality, we get down to work every day”!!
To the video: Minute 1: 8- stunning area. One can clearly see how brutally animals are treated.
Some of them are even hit with hooks. The electric pliers are used in an uncontrolled manner, which has the consequence that the animals are not completely anesthetized.
Minute 2:15 – The animals can witness the death of the other animals.
In the bleeding area (minute 2:40) the animals show violent movements because they are neither dead nor stunned and suffer hellish agony.
The failure rate is estimated to be 40% at this slaughterhouse, and according to the video recording.
That’s the worst thing you can do to an animal.
The video material clearly shows that neither a follow-up nor a veterinary examination is taking place.
Sick and injured animals are also slaughtered A clear violation of animal welfare law.
The slaughterhouse FÄRBER is affiliated with the animal welfare initiative and enjoyed a high value as an organic slaughterhouse until the undercover investigation.
The main customer is the Bio Company, and Bio Manufactur Havelland has sent pigs to the FÄRBER slaughterhouse.
The slaughterhouse is now closed.
The video was shown on many TV channels.
But not much will change in the consciousness of meat-eaters.
Animal cruelty is suppressed with the excuse of isolated cases.
And with the reassurance that as soon as the slaughterhouse is no longer in operation, the other slaughterhouses will learn from it and slaughter “humanely”.
The most effective way to distort reality is to deny it.