Category: Live Transport

Long Distance Transport Of Calves – UK to Spain. Where EU Regulations Fail For Animal Protection.

Published on 24 Jun 2011

Many of these exported calves will be reared in conditions that would be illegal in the UK.

Sheep exported for slaughter often travel in cramped trucks, sometimes with failed water tanks and ventilation systems.

Some of these animals may die during their dreadful journey.

Live Exports Exposed – Archive (1995) Film by the ACIG Showing British Calves Exported to Europe.

Live exports exposed: “U.K. Calves” a film by the Animal Cruelty Investigation Group – ACIG

Published on 13 May 2013

This film shows what happened to calves exported to Europe through Brightlingsea, Essex. Calves are filmed being unloaded at Nieuport, Belgium on May 10th 1995. On June 7th 1995, a different consignment of British calves were followed some 200 miles through Belgium into Holland where they were filmed being pushed into veal crates. This investigation project was undertaken by Janet Taylor from the Farm Animal Sanctuary and by Lawrie Payne and Mike Huskisson from the Animal Cruelty Investigation Group (ACIG). For more information about the ACIG please go to:

This is why the British people hate live animal exports and ‘veal’ meat which is produced from these young calves.  They take to the streets to stop it – old footage from the Dover live exports campaigns.:


This is old footage; fortunately it does not happen this way now, or does it ??

See our recent posts:


Hungary / EU: More Evidence To Show Why The EU Cannot Enforce Its Own Legislation Regarding Animals and Their Welfare.


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All photos – Eyes on  Animals, Welfarm Foundation and Animals Welfare Foundation.

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Above – Calves being kept in illegal crate systems in Hungary – 6 years after EU legislation change !


This post is in addition to that recently regarding Scottish calves being exported from the port of Ramsgate, Kent, England; to the EU for further fattening / slaughter.

See our post and video footage of the calves at


This above, and the following, show that the EU policy on animal welfare is in a complete mess.


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A calf peers out from a Hungarian illegal crate system


For this post we are going back to 2012 as yet another example of the complete disregard the EU has for its own legislation.  This time we relate to:

Official Journal of the European Union –


of 18 December 2008

laying down minimum standards for the protection of calves


We need to start by saying that during 2012, Croatia was NOT a member state of the EU.  It only became a member state on 1st July 2013.  This is important as it has bearing on the information we are supplying here.

Our concerns deal specifically with regard the 20th – 21st March 2012 inspections of Hungarian assembly stations designated to dispatch animals to Turkey; investigations as undertaken by investigator friends from ‘Eyes on Animals’ ,‘Animal Welfare Foundation’ and ‘Welfarm’.

Our primary concern at the time related to the inspections undertaken by the above organisations at a facility known as ‘Agracoop Kft’ farm and export station, Nagykapornak, Hungary – the owner one Kiss Arped.

At the entrance to this specific facility there is a sign clearly indicating that they (‘Agracoop Kft’) have received some 615,000 Euros from the EU in the form of subsidies to ‘modernise their facility’.

Whilst at the time (2012) welfare organisations appreciated that this facility was further sub-divided into four main animal rearing areas, it became clear after reviewing evidence provided by the investigating organisations, that one building still in current use at the time (2012), retained the old, and (EU) illegal, veal crate system made out of wood, with slatted floors and solid wooden dividers.


At the time, Mark (WAV) wrote on behalf of another welfare organisation to Dr. Endre Kardevan; Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO)Hungary (EU), to ask the following:

Why is this type of illegal animal housing system (banned in 2006 across the entire EU) still being used within Hungary ?, in particular when there is official national veterinarian surveillance at these approved dispatching facilities ? The (EU) illegal operation of still using banned veal crates at the ‘Agracoop Kft’ in Hungary is obviously known to official veterinarians who visit the site; so why does ‘Agracoop Kft’ continue to be allowed to operate such illegal practices ?  EU rules do not permit it; so why does it happen ?

Although as the CVO for Hungary should have known, it was also pointed out in the letter that:

With solid wooden dividers on the crates observed by investigators at ‘Agracoop Kft’, the calves held within these are thus unable to either see or touch each other. We would like to inform you that this type of crate system has been illegal within all existing EU member states since 2006. As the Chief Veterinary Officer within Hungary, we trust and would very much hope that you are up to date with EU regulations and are fully aware of the illegality of these crates since 2006.


The question was asked that:

Why, as the Hungarian Chief Veterinary Officer, do you continue to allow systems such as these crates to be used by ‘Agracoop Kft’ ? – your actions are illegal under existing EU legislation.  The calves held in these illegal crates were, on the day of inspection, seen to have ‘Hungarian’ (HU) ear tags – with Hungary being an EU member state and nation which should have been compliant in 2006 along with all other EU member states in banning this type of crate system. As a British NGO, we have special concerns relating to British animals (calves) identified with ‘UK’ ear tags, and which were observed at the ‘Agracoop Kft’ during the inspections in March.

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Above – UK ear tags on British calves at the Hungarian facility


Although Hungarian calves were identified by their ear tags in the illegal crate systems during the inspections; British calves were also at the facility; we had strong concerns that the British calves would also end up in the same illegal crates.  We could tell that the calves were from the UK as this could be identified fromtheir er tags.


So, we asked the Hungarian CVO a question about this situation:

As illegal veal crates are still being used at the ‘Agracoop Kft’ facility, please inform us if

British calves are ever located into these same crates – ie. are you as the Hungarian Chief Veterinary Officer breaking EU law by authorising British animals going into a now (EU) illegal system ?

Regardless of the ‘nationality’ / national origin of the calves observed at the ‘Agracoop Kft’ facility, we stress that these animals are now being confined in systems which were banned across the entire EU back in 2006; six years ago !

We ended our questions regarding the EU subsidies and the continued use of Hungarian illegal crates:

Why is such a large company such as Agrarcoop Kft, which is provided with such large EU subsidies (615,000 Euros), if they are not even respecting the basic EU norms and regulations regarding the housing of calves ?

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A calf lies on an illegal slatted floor


EU AnimalWelfare Violations

With regards to the young calves being observed and kept in tiny wooden crates with solid walls, preventing them from seeing each other or touching each other, we outline the following EU violations were observed during the visit of March 2012.

EU law on calves is contained in Council Directive 2008/119/EC laying down minimum standards for the protection of calves (the Calves Directive) which consolidates earlier legislation adopted in 1991 and 1997.

The EU’s prohibition of the veal crate is firmly based on scientific research. The Scientific Veterinary Committee’s (SVC) 1995 report is highly critical of the veal crate. The fact that a young animal needs proper exercise is recognised by the SVC which states that exercise is necessary for normal bone and muscle development. The SVC added that “If calves cannot move their limbs sufficiently they are likely to be severely distressed” and that after six months in an individual pen many calves have severe locomotor problems.

The EU is rather clever in the way the system works.  Basically it says that enforcement of legislation is down to governments of individual member states.  So in this case, it should be the Hungarian authorities who ensure that the crate system is not in force.  As they have not done this, we would argue that the evidence should go back to the EU Commission and that they should follow up with their own investigations and possible prosecutions if necessary.

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Hungary – A UK Calf with UK ear tag


Slaughter in Croatia

As we said before, please remember that at the time of the investigation; 2012; Croatia was NOT a member state of the EU.

We continued in our letter to the Hungarian CVO:

We also understand from investigators that calves, including those with ‘UK’ ear tags, continue to be further fattened at the ‘Agracoop Kft’ prior to going for slaughter in other parts of Europe; which we understand to be primarily Germany and Croatia.

Whilst declaring that Germany is an existing member state of the European Union, and as such should adequately meet EU standards for animals at slaughter, we would like to point out to you that Croatia is currently not a member state of the EU.



What guarantees can you, as the Chief Veterinary Officer of Hungary, provide to us that ‘UK’ ear tagged animals (calves) are being slaughtered to the highest of standards (certainly compliant with existing EU standards, nothing less) within Croatia ?

We request that you provide us with full evidence of EU slaughterhouse standard compliance within Croatia, including the names of facilities within Croatia which undertake the slaughter of British calves carrying ‘UK’ ear tags which have been re-exported from Hungary.


Although the Hungarian CVO did respond to our letter; we found very little which actually addressed our concerns.  Nothing in the way of a reply was given regarding assurances that animals were slaughtered to EU standards in Croatia.  You can read the (Google) translation below and make up your own mind if the responses are adequate.
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Dear Addresses!

Referring to the letter “Investigating collecting stations transporting animals from Hungary to Turkey” I will be informed of the following on the basis of the on-the-spot official controls.

According to the objection to the collection site, the incoming animals do not spend 6 hours on the site before delivery, so the collection plant may not be the starting point for the purposes of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005. During the on-site official inspection for the purpose of the objection, the owner of the site said that the animal protectors had ca. They spent 1 to 2 hours at the plant. None of the staff members of the site told anyone how long the animals would be staying at the collecting station before their departure. However, in their summary, the animals are resting for 3-4 hours.

The set-aside time was randomly checked by the authority for a consignment consisting of 4 different animals. Comparing the GPS data of the delivery and delivery vehicles, it was found that the animals stayed at the collecting station for 9.5 hours.

I would point out that the proposal to prevent the bulls from rolling on each other in practice can not be realized in view of the fact that food-producing animals can not come into contact with this non-authorized substance which affects the organoleptic properties of meat or may appear as a residuum of health risk. Therefore it is strictly forbidden to use animals with diesel oil.

Collector of Agrár-coop Kft

The Eyes on Animals, the Animal Welfare Foundation and the Welfarm Foundation staffed their report on the visit of the Agrár-coop Kft. In their collections. They complained about the conditions of the calf, the stalls in the stables and the duration of animal transport.

The visit was not pre-arranged, a manager and an interpreter were not present. At the time of their arrival, plant closures were temporarily unavailable due to manure transfer, so animal protectors could be accessed without authorization and prior health checks, and the entire animal farm outside the separate collection center.

The local competent authority, in conjunction with epidemiological surveillance, held animal protection inspections at the collecting station and livestock farm, the experiences of which were as follows.

Questions related to veterinary care have been raised in the case of veterinary surgeons. The battery is contracted with a supplying (operator) veterinarian who performs his veterinary duties as recorded in the medication and treatment log. The employees of the plant responded to these questions either incorrectly or spoke to a worker who did not know the difference between the duties of the official and the veterinarian, nor   In one of the previously unused baskets, the sidewalls of the individual cages are really compact, so the stall does not meet the requirements of 32/1999. (III.31.) FVM Decree. On the basis of the on-site inspection, a plan of action was prepared for the transformation of the sidewalls, which the local competent authority imposes in the form of a decision. With regard to the other objections to calf stalks, it was found on the spot that in a boxing (size 4m x 2.5m) five individuals were placed in a boxing bracket during a grouping, the individual space being 2nm. Each faucet of the group holding is equipped with a mouthpiece water pipe. Milk calves that do not drink from a bucket have a unique rubber. There is no calf less than two weeks old in the farm, according to the manager’s statement they do not accept such an animal. The above-mentioned legislation is mandatory for them. No bedding is used between two and eight weeks old, the technology works with a paddle pad. They use deep-tissue technology in the stables of the adult animals, wearing fresh straw on the litter every two days. The objection to transport was raised by the employee’s oral communication. Turkish exports can be carried out under very strict conditions. According to the data of the shipments surveyed on a GPS basis, contrary to the established procedural rules, this can not be supported by the assumption in the announcement that “it may take up to 12 hours until it collects adult slaughter bees and then goes straight to Turkey”.

The objection to transport was raised by the employee’s oral communication. Turkish exports can be carried out under very strict conditions. According to the data of the shipments surveyed on a GPS basis, contrary to the established procedural rules, this can not be supported by the assumption in the announcement that “it may take up to 12 hours until it collects adult slaughter bees and then goes straight to Turkey”.

The provisions of Article 2 (r) of Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 are also complied with for shipments from Agro-Coop Kft.: “The starting point may be the collection center if the distance between the first loading point and the collection station is 100 km, shall not be exceeded or the animals shall be placed in a suitable litter for at least six hours prior to departure from the assembly center, preferably not bound and pickled



Tisztelt Címzettek!

Hivatkozva a „Magyarországról Törökországba élő állatokat szállító gyűjtőállomások vizsgálata” tárgyú levélre az alábbiakról tájékoztatom a helyszíni hatósági ellenőrzések eredménye alapján.

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A gyűjtőtelepre vonatkozó kifogás szerint a beérkező állatok szállítás előtt nem töltenek el 6 órát a telepen, így a gyűjtőtelep az 1/2005/EK rendelet értelmében kiindulási helyként nem szerepelhet. A kifogás kivizsgálása céljából végzett helyszíni hatósági ellenőrzés során a telep tulajdonosa elmondta, hogy az állatvédők kb. 1-2 órát töltöttek a telepen. A telep dolgozói részéről nem nyilatkozott senki, hogy az állatok mennyi ideig tartózkodnak indulás előtt a gyűjtőállomáson, ennek ellenére összefoglalójukban az áll, hogy az állatokat 3-4 óráig pihentetik.

A pihentetési időt szúrópróbaszerűen vizsgálta a hatóság egy olyan szállítmány esetén, mely 4 különböző helyről származó állatokból állt. A be- és kiszállító járművek GPS adatait összevetve megállapítást nyert, hogy az állatok 9,5 órát tartózkodtak a gyűjtőállomáson.

Megjegyzem, hogy a bikák egymásra történő felugrálása megelőzésére tett javaslatuk a gyakorlatban nem valósítható meg tekintettel arra, hogy élelmiszertermelő állatokkal nem kerülhet kapcsolatba erre a célra nem engedélyezett anyag, ami a hús érzékszervi tulajdonságait befolyásolja, illetve egészségügyi kockázatot jelentő maradékanyagként megjelenhet benne. Ezért az állatok dízelolajjal történő bekenése szigorúan tilos.

Agrár-coop Kft. gyűjtőtelepe

Az Eyes on Animals, az Animal Welfare Foundation és a Welfarm Alapítvány munkatársai az Agrár-coop Kft. gyűjtőtelepén tett látogatásuk alapján összeállított bejelentésükben a borjútartás körülményeit, a növendék állatok istállóiban az almolást és az állatszállítások időtartamát kifogásolták.

A teleplátogatás nem volt előre egyeztetve, ügyvezető és tolmács nem volt jelen. A telepi zártság érkezésük idején trágyakihordás miatt átmenetileg nem valósult meg, így fordulhatott elő, hogy az állatvédők engedély és előzetes egészségügyi ellenőrzés nélkül bejutottak, és az elkülönített gyűjtőistállón kívül az egész állattartó telepet bejárták.

A helyi illetékes hatóság járványügyi ellenőrzéssel összekapcsolva állatvédelmi ellenőrzést tartott a gyűjtőállomáson-állattartó telepen, melynek tapasztalatai a következők voltak.

A betegistálló kapcsán az állatorvosi ellátásra vonatkozóan merültek fel kérdések az állatvédőkben. A telep szerződésben áll egy ellátó (kezelő) állatorvossal, aki a gyógyszer- és kezelési naplóban rögzítettek szerint elvégzi állatorvosi feladatait. A telepi dolgozó e kérdésekre adott válaszait vagy tévesen fordították, vagy olyan dolgozóval beszéltek, aki nem tudta, hogy mi a különbség a hatósági és az ellátó állatorvos feladatai között, illetve arról sem tudott, hogy ki az ellátó állatorvosuk.

Az egyik – korábban nem használt – borjúistállóban az egyedi ketrecek oldalfalai valóban tömörek, így az istálló nem felel meg a 32/1999. (III. 31.) FVM rendelet előírásainak. A helyszíni szemle alapján az oldalfalak átalakításáról intézkedési terv született, melynek megvalósítását a helyi illetékes hatóság határozat formájában elrendeli.

A borjúistállókra érkezett többi kifogással kapcsolatban a helyszíni ellenőrzésen megállapítást nyert, hogy a csoportos tartástechnológiájú borjútartás során egy bokszban (melynek mérete 4m x 2,5m) öt egyedet helyeznek el, az egyedi férőhely így 2nm. A csoportos tartás minden fakkjához szopókás végű vízvezeték van bevezetve. Azoknak a tejes borjaknak, melyek vödörből nem isznak, egyedi cumi áll rendelkezésre.

A telepen nincsen kéthetesnél fiatalabb borjú, az ügyvezető nyilatkozata szerint nem is fogadnak ilyen korú állatot. Az almolást ezek számára írja elő kötelezően a fent említett jogszabály. Kettő- és nyolchetes kor között nem használnak alomanyagot, a technológia rácspadozattal működik.

A növendék állatok istállóiban mélyalmos technológiát alkalmaznak, kétnaponként hordanak az alomra friss szalmát.

A szállításra vonatkozó kifogást a telepi dolgozó szóbeli tájékoztatása nyomán emelték. A török export nagyon szigorú feltételek teljesülése mellett valósulhat meg. Az erre kidolgozott eljárásrenddel ellentétes, kifejezetten valószerűtlen és az eddig más eljárásokban GPS alapon megvizsgált szállítások adatai alapján sem alátámasztható a bejelentésben szereplő feltevés, miszerint „esetenként akár 12 óráig is eltarthat, amíg összegyűjtik a felnőtt vágóbikákat, majd egyből Törökország felé veszik az irányt”.

Az Agrár-Coop Kft. gyűjtőállomásáról indított szállítmányok esetén is betartásra kerül az 1/2005/EK rendelet 2. cikk r) pontja szerinti rendelkezés: „kiindulási hely lehet a gyűjtőállomás, ha az első berakodási hely és a gyűjtőállomás között megtett távolság a 100km-t nem haladja meg vagy az állatokat a gyűjtőállomásról való indulást megelőzően legalább hat órán át megfelelő alomban helyezik el, lehetőleg nincsenek megkötve és megitatják őket”.


Dr. Schmidt Anikó

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Nemzeti Élelmiszerlánc-biztonsági Hivatal

Állategészségügyi és Állatvédelmi Igazgatóság

National Food Chain Safety Office

Animal Health and Animal Welfare Directorate

1024 Budapest, Keleti Károly u. 2

England: Dutchman ‘Onderwater’ Exports Scottish Calves From Ramsgate. Plus More Info !

We are giving extra time to live animal exports at the moment.  We have plenty of campaign experience for over 27 years to support this.  Live exports, and the time that animals have to endure suffering on transporters is the ultimate shame of the EU and its so-called legislation; Regulation 1/2005 on the ‘protection of animals during transport’.

Believe us; there is no protection offered by this legislation; and many EU member states do not even bother to apply the rules of the regulation anyway.  In summary it is a complete and utter joke; causing untold suffering to the animals which endure transportation across Europe on a daily basis.  Only when the rules are changed to a maximum journey time of 8 hours or less will we see any improvement in the rules.


There was an article in the British press last week about Scottish calves being shipped to Europe (Spain, for further fattening) via Ramsgate; Kent: England:

We also covered early shipments with our other post:


We feel the need to give a bit more information on the export business from Ramsgate.

All photos are by official photographer and activist, Valerie Cameron.

The animal export trade changed from operating mainly from Dover Harbour in Kent to the smaller facility at Ramsgate mainly because of the amount of ferry traffic that was using Dover to run scheduled services to Europe did not really make it possible for additional ships to take up berthing space.

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The ‘Joline’

Although it was nothing more than a cheap and nasty ‘bathtub’ – or to be more precise; an ex Russian battle tank carrier to used only on rivers; and not in the English Channel; the vessel; named the ‘Joline’; could not berth at Dover and load animal transporters; and then depart in the time available that was given to it.  Hundreds of trucks could load onto ferries for each sailing within the hour; but when it came to the Joline; it was unable to load four, five or even six animal transporters; such was the inability of all those involved with its operation.

 Here are a few pictures of the Joline trying to operate at Dover.  Note its size compared to the normal cross Channel ferries doing the same route to Calais.  The normal ferries would not take livestock transporters due to a massive and very successful campaign asking them to stop over the years.  They stopped taking slaughter animal transporters; and so another way had to be found by the farmers to get animals across to Europe. 

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The Joline at Dover – Note its size compared to standard ferries.  Even so, the normal ferries could load trucks much quicker !

The ‘Joline’ came on the scene as the ‘solution’ to this.  It is operated by a Dutchman named Johannes Onderwater.  The vessel is registered in Riga, Latvia, which is an EU member state.  Onderwater has his own fleet of livestock vehicles; but many other (mainly) Dutch hauliers also use the Joline to get UK animals in to Europe.

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 The Joline at Ramsgate harbour


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Above – Onderwater’s own white (Scania) trucks carrying livestock en route to the harbour 


Although many do not know; we can confirm that until recently; Onderwater operated another live animal transportation business out of Riga, Latvia.  We have many details on this.  Mr Onderwaters official Dutch registered company is called Onderwater Agneaux BV; and we do have the name of his Latvian business; but we are not going to divulge it.

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Confirmation that the ‘Joline’ is registered in Riga, Latvia

Onderwater is very well known to the animal rights movement in Kent, England.  He first surfaced several years ago when he (personally) attempted to export animals from the UK to mainland Europe.  Using a sealed box type ex refrigerated trailer; Onderwater attempted to deceive his way to Europe by declaring to customs that his load in the trailer contained ‘Boxed Meat’.  As such, the vehicle and its contents were allowed to board a P&O ferry for shipment to Europe – via Calais to be precise.

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A typical ‘Box Trailer’ arrives at Dover carrying live sheep

Very observant and on the ball crewmen on the (P&O) ferry noticed that things did not seem quite right with the trailer whilst it was on the ferry.  Fluid was seen to be dripping from the trailer – this later turned out to be urine.  They reported this situation with the trailer to the Captain of the ferry who immediately demanded that the rear of the trailer be opened up.

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A rare shot by activists taken of the inside of the ‘box trailer’.  Sheep can clearly be seen standing on the top deck.


Rather than find loads of ‘boxed meat’ inside as declared on the paperwork; the P&O crew actually found that the trailer contained over 300 LIVE sheep; and it was their urine that was dripping onto the ferry flooring.  This issue thereafter went much further with Kent based AR organisations who got Kent Trading Standards involved with taking up prosecutions.  After a lot of work by all parties, the ‘Boxed Meat’ case (as it became known) went to court at Folkestone, Kent on 5th July 2010.

At the trial; Onderwater Agneaux BV (Onderwaters Dutch company) pleaded guilty to no less than six (6) offences under the Animal Health Act 1981 of causing the transport of sheep in contravention of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 and EU Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 (Protection of animals during transport).

As a result, Onderwater’s company, Onderwater Agneaux BV (of the Netherlands), was fined at Folkestone a total of £10,370. And so, under UK law, by being prosecuted in this way, and pleading guilty to offences, Onderwater became a formally convicted criminal.  With Kent AR informing Dutch friends in Europe; Onderwater was also prosecuted by the Dutch authorities.  In the Netherlands he was given 2 out of 3 ‘strikes’ on his operators license.  If he was caught again and given a 3rd strike; then his Dutch hauliers operating license was to be removed; meaning that he would be unable to continue transporting live animals as a business.

So – forward to the current time.  The Joline is seen very infrequently at Ramsgate as UK live exports have almost been stopped by very positive campaigns by the animal rights movement.  Onderwater now deals primarily with getting UK sheep to Europe at the times of Eid, the Muslim festival of sacrifice.  For the rest of the time shipments are very haphazard; often carrying just a few transporters.  With the Joline running between Ramsgate and Calais; the cost of fuel, berthing fees and crew employment costs; the question has often been asked how he can make this operation pay ? – it is still a mystery today.

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Above – A Box trailer loads onto the ‘Joline’ at Ramsgate, England


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Livestock transporters depart on the Joline – note the ‘wonky roof’ on the truck shown left above.  How does this comply with the Regulation standards set by the EU ? – the trailer should be scrapped !!!

Now the opportunity to take calves from Scotland has arisen; mainly because the ferry operator which used to ship them to Ireland for onward movement via Cherbourg (France) decided to close down the trade after an expose of the business was made and published on UK television; Onderwater has stepped in as the lifeline for the Scottish farmers wanting to export calves live.  It must be remembered that these calves are males; an unwanted by product of the dairy industry as they do not produce milk and so are basically unwanted.  They are shipped into Europe for further fattening; where they are usually slaughtered after just 6 months of age.  Think about this trade the next time you have cows milk in your tea – convert instead to plant based milk and avoid all of this animal suffering.


Arrival at Calais, France –  note the white Scania cabs of the Onderwater fleet of trucks at the front 

We will be publishing another post very soon on British exported calves and their final destinations.  We think it will come as a surprise to many of you.  Watch this space.

Regards Mark







EU: Learn More About The EU Farm Animal ‘Systems’. Be A Cage Fighter.


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Caging animals is cruel: animals are sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and joy. Caged animals endure immense suffering because they have no control over their lives, experience extreme frustration, are severely restricted in their movement, and are prevented from performing almost all natural behaviours.

Hundreds of millions of farm animals across the EU are forced to live their entire lives imprisoned in tiny, barren cages. This extreme confinement is routinely inflicted on many different species. Sows are forced to nurse their piglets in crates, rabbits and quail endure their whole lives in barren cages, and ducks and geese are caged for force feeding to produce foie gras.


Click on the following link to see the state of caged animal cruelty across all EU member states –

Cage Facts EU 2018y to finally End the Cage Age.

Together, united, we have the opportunity to rid Europe of these cages. Start today – join up and sign our ECI (European Citizens’ Initiative) demanding that the European Commission bans the use of cages in animal farming. If one million of us raise our voices together, we have the opportunity to finally End the Cage Age.


Sign up today to be a cage fighter –


Here is more information about caged farm animals that relate to the EU caged animal link provided above::



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Here is additional information about other farm animal ‘systems’:


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Learn more about the impact CIWF have made on EU farm animal welfare by visiting –


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Above 2 pictures – Val Cameron.


End long distance live animal transport –

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