Category: Live Transport

EU: Over 35 NGO’s Across Europe Add Their Voice to Those of MEP’s Calling For Action On Live Animal Transports.

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Further to the post by Venus on the issue of live animal transports being delayed for hours at EU borders; , then we can provide you with additional information as reported in the ‘Brussels Times’ on Monday 23/3/20.

As well as important input from 42 MEP’s, we have witnessed an open letter from no less than 35 animal welfare NGO’s writing to the EU Commission calling (on the EU) to ban the transport of farm animals to non-EU countries, as well as intra EU journeys that last over 8 hours.

As Venus says in her article; Europe, if you do not act to solve the problem, then you are part of the problem yourself.

Below is a copy of the article from Monday’s Brussels Times.


Coronavirus: Humans suffer but also animals in transport over borders


Monday, 23 March 2020

Animal welfare organisations protested on Friday against a European Commission decision to allow transport of livestock between member states and to non-EU countries despite the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Compassion in World Farming and over 35 animal welfare NGOs across Europe wrote in an open letter (20 March) to agriculture Ministers and animal transport contact points of all EU member states that the Commission decision disregard the problems imposed on the health and welfare of farm animals being transported, especially those transported between EU and non-EU countries.

An EU regulation prohibits transport to be carried out in a way that is likely to cause undue suffering to the animals involved. In addition, the regulation states that all necessary arrangements should be made in advance to minimise the length of the journey and meet animals’ needs during the journey

In their letter, the NGOs raised problems at different borders last week. Vehicles with farm animals are being refused entry to Croatia. There have been long traffic queues at the border between Lithuania and Poland and queues on the German side of the border with Poland leading to waiting times of several hours.

Vehicles with farm animals are also getting caught up in very long queues at the exit point between Bulgaria and Turkey – drivers transporting farm animals have reported that they needed three hours to move 300 m inside the border.

Queues at borders risk stopping medical supplies and health professionals from getting through. It is even less likely that it will be possible to attend to the welfare of animals caught up in these queues.

The animal welfare organization call on the EU to ban the transport of farm animals to non-EU countries, as well as journeys that last over 8 hours.

“The trade in live animals threatens not only the health and well-being of the animals, but it also threatens our health,” said Olga Kikou, Compassion in World Farming’s Head of EU Office.

The drivers, animal handlers, vets, civil servants and their families can easily get infected. Unlike others who enter and exit the EU, they are not required to be in quarantine. We are putting them and ourselves at risk.”

The European Commission did not reply in time to requests for a response to the letter.




European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday afternoon (23 March) that the measures introduced to slow down the spread of the virus have also slowed down and sometimes paralysed transport.

In a communication today on “Green Lanes”, the Commission requested from the member states to designate, without delay, all the relevant internal border-crossing points on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) as “green lane” border crossings. The communication does not address the issue of animal transports but can speed up all transports.

The crossings should be open to all freight vehicles, whatever goods they are carrying. Crossing the border, including any checks and health screening, should not take more than 15 minutes.

All freight vehicles and drivers should be treated in a non-discriminatory manner, irrespective of the origin, destination, or country of registration of the vehicle, or of the nationality of the driver. Member states should not distinguish between vehicles carrying goods for use in their territory and those merely transiting.

The Brussels Times


Additional links (WAV):


We don’t need another consultation from the thickheads at the EU; we need action, and NOW ! 


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EU: “If you do nothing to solve a problem, you are part of the problem yourself”.


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Last night, 42 MEPs sent a letter to the EU Commission. Many animal transports have been at the border for hours as a result of the border closure measures in the context of the Covid 19 virus across borders by drivers, zookeepers and border guards.

To stop animal suffering, we call on the Commission to:

-Suspension of all exports of live farm animals by land and sea to non-EU countries
-Suspension of all live livestock transports on journeys of more than 8 hours between Member States
-Ensure rapid communication between senior veterinarians and national contact points to help organizers of cattle breeding events, avoid long queues at border crossings or refuse entry through certain countries.

Good news!
The 🚚🚚 traffic jams on the border with Poland have resolved and the handling of 🐮🐷 animal transports is, according to our information, running relatively smoothly again. Nevertheless, the long transport routes mean agony for the animals.

This suffering must finally end!
Support our petition: ✍️

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And I mean…A MEP`s initiative that is very commendable.
The letter is important for the following reason: The pressure on the unsuitable commission comes from the own circles. That is the only reason why it can work!

As with animal transports, the EU has offered nothing in this crisis. To put it very clearly, it is totally “out” and it is nowhere in demand.

But now internal pressure is being used, now the EU has to react to save its internal status, and maybe the good news of the normalization of animal transport to Poland is thanks to this letter.

At least the risk of infection that could arise inside the trucks and the generation of new bacteria is something that should force the EU to act.


My best regards to all, Venus

EU Consultation on Animal Welfare Strategy. Please Read and Afterwards Get Involved If You Wish; Taking Into Account What Is Said Below.

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We are providing the following as many of you (EU and non EU citizens) may wish to make your views known to the EU authorities in this consultation. There is really only one opportunity to say how you feel at the end of the consultation; so please do it, and consider what we say in the following as information on your contribution.

Live animal transport is an issue that we have many years of campaigning experience with. It is our general opinion that the EU does not need to have yet another consultation on the issue of live transport. We consider that this (consultation) is solely to give the impression that EU citizens can have a say in the issue, and that their views will count regarding an end result.


Lets look quickly at a few points:

The EU Regulation 1/2005 on the ‘protection’ of animals during transport, was created as it says; to provide ‘protection’ to animals during transport. Hauliers and exporters have never complied with the regulation since the day it came into being. Have a look at a few investigations which we were involved with back in   – go to the following   and then further scroll down until you see the heading:   ‘EU Papers, Official Investigations and the Rest’.

In summary – During 2010 – Mark worked with animal transport investigation teams within the EU, specifically concentrating on live calves being exported from Ireland (EU) to mainland EU. As a result of the investigations, Mark produced a 125 page official investigation report which was sent to both EU Parliamentarians and UK parliamentarians showing failures of Regulation 1/2005. You can read one investigation report; showing all the failures, when you go to the links and titles shown above.



The system was failing the animals in transport way before 2010 and when the report was produced; it has failed them ever since, and it will continue to fail them as long as animals are transported; regardless of what the EU says and yet another ‘consultation’ which we are informed will make things better.

The EU has always failed animals in transport, and it always will. Consultations are simple ‘veils’ to make the common man think that something is being done and changes will result. In compliance with Reg 1/2005, all livestock transporter drivers are supposed to be certified so that they can give animals in their care the best of attention. The system of certifying drivers has never worked from its inception. Animals always suffer – that is the result.

We have slightly different views on another EU consultation within WAV. Some do not want to become involved at all, as they see the delay and tactics of the EU in this policy.   Yes agree 100%, it is another delaying tactic when all the clear evidence of abuses have been constantly provided to the EU for years. But with a consultation; which is underway now, regardless of our views; is there not an alternative way of viewing the consultation ? – send in your information as required and simply declare that EU policy has always failed the animals in transport; and it will continue to fail the animals in transport regardless of what is submitted. You could mention the 8 hours petition, which was undertaken in the past (2012); and further represented in Brussels to the EU on 16/9/2013 – here is the AA release on this: which will provide you with information:




16.09.2013 | Belgium, Brussels

Animals’ Angels addressed the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament in the presence of MEPS and Commissioners in Brussels, to speak on the issue of animal welfare in transport.  Animals’ Angels addressed its petition of 1,103,248 signatures, delivered in June 2012, from European citizens calling for an end to long distance animal transport, and to impose a maximum 8 hour limit. 

We asked why the Commission had done nothing to properly address the democratic voices of European citizens and the European Parliament, which also supports the 8 hour transport limit. Animals’ Angels has asked the Petitions Committee to look into this, and to take any action considered just and appropriate to resolve the issue, and to get a proper response to the democratic voices calling for change.


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So, 2012, 2013; well over 1 million EU citizens calling for an 8 hours (one off) maximum journey time; and here we are now in March 2020 having a consultation by the EU on the issue of live animal transport legislation !!

As we say, delaying tactics by the EU which just go on, and on, and on; and the animals suffer as a result for many more years.

Here below is the official wording of the new EU consultation which citizens are being invited to participate in. You did participate in the past, calling for 8 hours maximum journey time; so why now do we need more delay ?

As we say, the choice to get involved in this consultation is entirely down to individuals. I (Mark) see it as an opportunity to ask the EU formally why the 8 hour ruling of 2012/13 was never adopted by the Commission; despite the huge number of signatures in a petition at the time calling for an 8 hour max.

If you say nothing else in the consultation response; remind the EU that their regulation 1/2005 has always failed the animals in transport; that you signed the petition way back calling for an 8 hour maximum journey time; and the EU never listed or acted on this. So what is the point of a new consultation now, when we see the EU failing citizens who wish to make change for the better and for the animals.

Regards Mark.


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Official EU consultation wording:


Target audience

  • Competent authorities responsible for animal welfare;
  • Business and professional organisations;
  • EU citizens and consumers and organisation;
  • Organisations from the civil society;
  • Independent experts from academic and research institutes;
  • European bodies, including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA);
  • International intergovernmental organisations active on animal welfare;
  • Third countries;
  • Other relevant bodies.

All targeted stakeholders are invited to give their feedback during the 12-week consultation period.



Animal Welfare: launch of the public consultation on the EU Strategy

The European Commission published a 12 weeks open consultation on the EU Strategy for Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012-2015. This public consultation, available into all EU languages, is part of a one-year external study supporting the evaluation of the EU Strategy. Launched in 2019, this evaluation aims to assess if the EU Strategy delivered its initial objectives and whether they are still relevant today. The results of the evaluation will inform future EU initiatives on animal welfare as well as actions under the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy. Citizens, experts and stakeholders are invited to give their feedback before 15 June 2020.


Here is the link to the consultation:


and here is the link to the Commissions website:



EU and Corona: totalitarianism for people, suffering for animals


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Endless waiting times and cruel conditions at the border 🚚…
Ever since the EU member states closed their borders to contain the corona virus, we have received reports of kilometers of traffic jams at the borders.

Many animal transporters with live animals are stuck in these traffic jams.

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The traffic jams mean additional hours of waiting for the animals, for example at the German-Polish or Bulgarian-Turkish border.
The animals are often crowded in the transporters and often do not even have access to water.

We receive reports of screaming cows 🐄 in the transporters.

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Together with other NGOs, FOUR PAWS calls on the responsible EU ministers and the EU Commission to act now.
FOUR PAWS therefore calls for an immediate stop to the cross-border transport of live animals during the corona epidemic‼ ️
Please help us to end the horror and sign our petition ➡️

Sign and share the Petition:



And I mean…Totalitarian regulations currently apply to our social and private life because of Corona.
But the trucks with suffering animals are subject to the rules of the meat mafia, which stipulate that the slaughter business never has to stop.
To serve the carnivores who even in these difficult times share their solidarity only with their conspecifics.

My best regards to all, Venus

Portugal: mobile coffin crashed- 100 creatures dead


This Tuesday morning, on the N17-1 road, near the exit to the Industrial Area of ​​Alto do Padrão (between Miranda do Corvo and Lousã), a truck carrying pigs to the slaughterhouse collapsed, having been in the situation that you can see in the video. The driver of the vehicle, as far as we know, was not injured.

But the animals it carried, yes.

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We were unable to provide support as the road was closed. But we managed to register some images, so that everyone can see and hear the suffering of these animals. According to the information that arrived at the site, about 100 animals died.

But that was not all we found: the scene was of many dead pigs, but even more pigs in agony. Bleeding, with broken legs, with a broken spine, dying … an authentic Dante scene.

We also captured the moment when a guy repeatedly kicks a pig, so that it does not move away from the place where his brothers perished.



At the end of the day, more than 9 hours later, we returned to the place.

Some animals had already been taken, but many pigs were still there, clearly very injured.
A pig, probably with a broken spine, just fiddled with its nose in the dirt.
Another, with broken back legs, tried to get up and walk, succumbing and lying down again.

None of these animals were rescued to end their suffering.
These animals were more than 9 hours to be removed from the site.

And make no mistake: they were not rescued, as they will still be killed.

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My comment: The driver almost always remains unharmed with every transport accident involving animals.
How can one believe in justice and God when half of the coffin hangs in the abyss and the coffin leader still escapes alive?

If we had 100 dead truck drivers instead of 100 dead pigs each year during animal transports, that might be a reason not to have any more.
Only in this case will be the business no longer profitable.

The animals are slaughtered anyway, a few less are calculated as losses on each trip.

When do we finally say stop? until here and not further? WHEN?

My best regards to all, Venus

EU To UK – Want A Trade Deal ? – You Must Do Better Animal Welfare; Like Us !

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Supposedly – The ruling of the European Court of Justice in April 2015 clearly defines the legal situation: “EU Animal Welfare Ordinance No. 1/2005 must be complied with until the animals’ final destination, even if it is outside the EU.

The Reality is: The violation of the animal transport law is the rule in the EU and not the exception.


WAV Comment – The crap legislators at the EU have the audacity to say that there will be no access for the UK if ‘animal welfare standards are not protected’ !!

Watch the videos in the above links and see how the EU ‘protects it animals during transport; farming; foie gras production etc’. The EU is filth; and don’t ever take them as being any other way.

From day 1 when the UK voted to leave the EU, the EU has tried everything in its power to make things extra difficult. Now we read here from the Eurogroup that the European Parliament declares that there should be no access for GB if animal welfare standards are not protected.

The UK is a world leader in animal welfare. She has used her position in the EU to influence animal protection policy in the largest trading bloc in the world. For instance, the UK was the driving force behind Article 13 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which recognises animals as sentient beings. Based on the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU and member states must pay full regard to the welfare of animals when formulating and implementing policy. By ‘must pay’ simply read ‘ignore’; because that is the reality.

‘Brexit: getting the best deal for animals’ is a wide-ranging report published by the Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) and the UK Centre for Animal Law (A-Law). The report is a product of a large coalition of leading UK animal protection NGOs including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), World Animal Protection (WAP) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The report describes how Brexit presents a major juncture in the history of UK animal protection:

‘As the UK prepares to leave the EU (it has now left), the welfare of animals is at a critical crossroads and selecting the route ahead will determine the welfare of billions of animals. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to either define or undermine our country’s identity and reputation as a global leader in animal welfare science and standards’.


Lets look at this again – ‘no access for GB if animal welfare standards are not protected’. So the EU is saying that the UK does not meet its ‘standards’ ?- lets see; That is the EU standards which include.

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The EU allegedly puts a number of restrictions (Regulation 1/2005) on exporting live animals for slaughter or further fattening, such as ensuring adequate space, and providing food, water and rest, which all EU member states are supposed to abide by; but simply don’t (see video footage in above links). As we have shown so many times on WAV; the ‘protection’ of live animals transported across the EU – Reg 1/2005 is a complete and utter joke.. The regulations were implemented into the UK (by legislation) in 2007.

Member countries are allegedly entitled to take stricter measures, if they wish – the EU welfare standards are supposedly a minimum all countries have to follow, but do not. Again, watch the videos above to see non compliances.

If the UK wanted to put further restrictions on live animal exports Reg 1/2005, it could do so while it was still in the EU.

But if it (UK) wanted to fully ban live animal exports whilst a member state of the EU, it would not be allowed to do so under the current EU single market rules. But now (2020) free from the shackles of the EU; the UK is free to; and will, ban the export of live animals.

After the UK leaves the EU, which it has now done; a ban on the export of live animals could still be challenged under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Export bans are prohibited by the WTO, but bans that protect endangered species and animal welfare, including ensuring that animals are not killed inhumanely, are allowed. So, there is a basis for challenging a ban under WTO, but there would also be a basis for defending it.

There is a private member’s bill being put forward by (UK) Conservative MP Theresa Villiers that would ban live exports “for slaughter or fattening, and for connected purposes”, but it stands little chance of becoming law without government support. But now (in 2020) the government has 80+ MP’s majority; to support votes in Parliament; there is little doubt that this ban would be voted through.

Animal welfare standards

The EU has a wide range of animal welfare laws the UK has had to abide by. These include consumer-information law, such as the labelling of eggs from battery hens.

It also regulates the use of animals in research, and it bans cosmetics tested on animals.

On top of these laws, individual countries can set their own animal welfare standards as long as they do not affect the operation of the EU’s single market (in the UK, the issue is devolved).

For example, the UK, as well as most other EU countries, has domestic legislation that prohibits production of foie gras on animal welfare grounds.

Belgium, France, Hungary, Spain and Bulgaria do not prohibit the production and under the EU principle of free movement of goods, the UK was in the position that as an EU member state; it was unable to ban the import of foie gras

As a (now) non EU member, it can now ban the import of foie gras into the UK.

Exploitative trade in pets

The UK government says EU rules on the pet travel scheme restrict the UK’s ability to crack down on puppy smuggling.

The EU pet travel scheme enables the owners of dogs, cats and ferrets to move freely between EU countries with their pets, providing their pet is micro-chipped, has a pet passport, has been vaccinated against rabies and, in the case of dogs, treated for tapeworm.

Pets have to be at least 15 weeks of age before they can travel, and one person can travel with up to five pets.

Pet passports are issued by EU countries and a short list of other countries such as Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.

However, the UK charity Dogs Trust, in its report on puppy smuggling, says the EU pet travel scheme is abused by gangs in Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and elsewhere, who take puppies as young as four weeks from their mothers and transport them hundreds of miles in poor conditions to British ports, often with little food and water, to be sold in the UK.

The UK has been a particularly attractive target for EU puppy smugglers because of the relatively high prices that some breeds command. Outside the EU membership, though, it (UK) could also introduce stricter rules for importing puppies from other EU member states

Now the UK has left the EU; it can make parliamentary changes to resolve the smuggling.

So much then for the EU telling the UK that it needs to step up to the EU plate with regard animal welfare.

As an organisation partly based in the UK (England); we take this EU statement as a complete and utter insult. When the EU enforces all the un enforced activities which are shown in the above video links, then they can talk. Until then, we kindly suggest the EU shuts its mouth and continues to do what it does best – which is nothing apart from writing pathetic regulations on bits of paper; which in reality, it never enforces !

Don’t tell the UK to get better; it is already a lot better than most other member states of the EU when it comes to animal welfare legislation enforcement. It is not perfect; nobody is, but at least we in the UK do not have the situation of the arsonist as the head of the fire brigade !

Only in meat mafia world; the EU, does this happen continually.


Lithuania – Poland – Croatia – Slovenia -Israel=Journey to death


Business model “animal cruelty”: In the global livestock trade, only profit counts. For weeks, cattle or sheep suffer painfully on ships before they come ashore to die – on broken legs if necessary.

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This footage was taken in July 2019 and is no exception. It is the everyday reality of live transport in Europe. Only this time an investigating team was following trucks.

The investigators from the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and Israel Against Live Shipments (IALS) were trailing calves all the way from Lithuania to their destination in Israel over two weeks.

Only the road part of the journey is as much as 1.700 kilometres.

For several hours, investigators from AWF were following two trucks on their route from Lithuania. Suddenly, they notice a leg sticking out from the truck and immediately call ITD, the Road Traffic Inspection (road police) in Poland.

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The officials are speechless by the conditions they see inside the trucks.Veterinary inspectors are called who find multiple legal violations, with calves transported in extremely overcrowded conditions, lying in a thick layer of manure, suffering from high ammonia level, heat and extreme thirst.

These conditions caused the death of some animals, but also made other animals so exhausted that they had to be dragged by their legs from the trucks.

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Nevertheless, after a 24-hour-long rest at a stable, the animals are carried further on to the ports of Koper (Slovenia) and Raša (Croatia).

This time on three trucks instead of only two, but investigators of IALS observe again some terribly weak and exhausted calves at the arrival of the trucks in the ports.

From here, the transport continues by sea and the animals are loaded on the livestock vessels with destination Israel.

Our experience shows that sick animals are usually left untreated and their dead bodies are regularly dumped into the Mediterranean Sea.

AWV BildlIt is common practice to simply throw sick or dead animals overboard. Many even alive.The ear tag is removed beforehand so that the place of origin cannot be located.


After arrival at Israel Shipyards located in Haifa, the journey of these animals is not over yet. The investigators from IALS find “our” calves, beside many others, loaded on small trucks and carried further on to quarantine stables.

During this stage of transport, the temperature measured inside the trucks exceeds 37 degrees Celsius. The calves will be kept in quarantine for a month due to local potential illnesses in the area, before they are sent to fattening farms.

These findings illustrate the failure of the industry, EU Member States and the EU Commission to protect the welfare of animals during long distance transports to non-EU-countries. The suffering of animals on long journeys is inevitable and thus the European Union must stop this cruel and archaic trade involving sentient beings.

Please share this video and help us expose the truth behind the horrors of live transport. And the sign + share the petitions to stop this cruel trade.


And I mean… With the failure of the 8-hour campaign (the initiative of 1.2 million EU citizens to limit animal transport to 8 hours), animal suffering during animal transport has remained the same, if not worse.

A catastrophic consequence of globalization or world trade is the increase in animal transport and the extension of transport distances. This enables the animal industry to market animals internationally.

Around 3.8 million animals are transported every day in the EU alone. That is 1.4 billion animals a year.

In the EU, producers and processors have long since recognized animals as general cargo and are treated like “export goods”. The steps in meat production are separate: breeding, husbandry and fattening concentrate where the feed and wage costs are low.

Many animals do not survive the cruel transports or they collapse due to exhaustion after days of torture.

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These cases are clearly violations of applicable EU animal welfare law, but are rarely punished.

The ruling of the European Court of Justice in April 2015 clearly defines the legal situation: “EU Animal Welfare Ordinance No. 1/2005 must be complied with until the animals’ final destination, even if it is outside the EU.”
In reality, however, every right ends as soon as the EU borders are reached.

And because the EU Commission is the strongest and worst agricultural lobby, it does not see this as its duty to impose sanctions on lawbreakers.
The violation of the animal transport law is the rule in the EU and not the exception.

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They are images that shock deeply and shake even strong nerves. Sheep, cows, calves and lambs crammed together in ships’ overheated storage rooms and then mistreated.
Sick and dead animals lie around, smeared with excrement and blood. Many suffer injuries and broken bones.

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As in all other sectors of the economy, “livestock farming” is all about money. That is why animal transports go where the highest profits are – even if it is over thousands of kilometers.
The main thing is that every meat eater gets his cheap daily meat and the second thing is the meat industry makes its billions with the suffering of animals and the support of the EU.

My best regards to all, Venus