Category: Live Transport

England: ‘Trucking Hell’ and All That. CIWF’s Agenda for Farm Animal Welfare to the New British PM.


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Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) is based in London, England. They are a very successful farm animal welfare organization who lead the way to help farm animals across the world. They have an extensive network of organisations affiliated with throughout Europe, as well as having an extensive international network covering the USA and China.

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Compassion CEO, Phil, a long time campaigner and friend who fought with Mark (WAV) against live exports from Southern England has written an Agenda for the new Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson.

You can read Phil’s agenda to the PM here:


Compassion is entirely neutral politically: our agenda is simply to get the very best outcomes for farm animals, regardless of who is in power. But the arrival of a new Prime Minister is an excellent moment to take stock, especially at this time of extraordinary political turbulence. What is our message for Boris Johnson? What can we realistically ask him to do?

This is what we’re writing to him today.


Dear Mr Johnson,

Congratulations on your appointment as Prime Minister. We recognise that you are taking over the leadership at a time of exceptional challenge and difficulty and we hope that the outcome of your efforts leads to better lives for us all – people and animals alike.

We should like to highlight four key points which link with your efforts to bring the Brexit issue to a satisfactory conclusion.

First of all, we welcome your longstanding commitment to ending live exports. As you have recognised, the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening causes immense suffering for little economic benefit, with most of the journey and all of the subsequent handling and slaughter entirely outside the scope of British monitoring and control. Under EU rules, successive governments have
argued that it has not been possible to end the trade. After Brexit, this excuse should no longer apply. Please ensure that whatever agreement is reached with the EU, it does not prevent you from implementing the ban, and introduce it as one of the first benefits of post-Brexit life.

Second, in the subsequent trade negotiations, please stand firm for the best of the British farming industry in opposing an opening of the British market to low-quality, low-welfare imports. These would undercut British farmers and destroy much of the industry, as well as the hard-won reputation of Britain as a market where quality and welfare are valued by consumers. Britain’s farmers cannot win a race to the bottom, but they can win a race to be the best in the world.

Third, please develop the “public money for public goods” agenda introduced by Michael Gove in Defra, and ensure that a significant proportion of the new initiatives funded under this approach benefit British farmers moving up the welfare scale – for example, replacing the archaic systems of hen cages and farrowing crates with modern free-range facilities.

Fourth, please deliver the promised “gold standardlabelling of meat and dairy goods, so that consumers can make informed choices in what they buy and contribute to rewarding high-welfare farmers.

More broadly, please support a fundamental review of Britain’s food and farming system, as recommended by the RSA and EAT-Lancet reports. We have had years of reports urging a more sustainable approach to British agriculture. We hope that your Government will take action to turn the recommendations into Britain’s long-term reality.

We wish you every success in including these objectives as part of your agenda for the challenging days ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Lymbery

Thanks to Anja Hazenkamp


The mass grave “Al Shuwaikh” had only negative feelings and thoughts generated lately.
But let’s not forget that there were also a few, who actively tried to prevent it, and one of them was the Dutch MEP Anja Hazenkamp.


Hazekamp visited the Port of Midia, where she observed horrendous animal abuse during loading.

“Sheep were kicked, beaten and attacked with electric poles, but Romanian authorities refused to intervene. Europe can no longer look the other way. Animal welfare rules are being violated systematically. The Commission must act now.



Before the world’s largest ship transport by ship took off, MEP Anja Hazekamp from the Dutch party “For the Animals” traveled to Midia to protest the departure.

On 10 July, but only from his office, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis had written to the Romanian Minister of Agriculture, Petre Daea, to ban such and especially this unnecessary long-distance transport. Alone these temperatures did not allow the transport, it says in the letter.
The Romanian Minister of Agriculture, Daea, rejected the request as unfounded and sent 70,000 others to the death.
Andiukaitis now announces that there are no grounds for infringement proceedings against Romania.

On the day the Al Shuwaikh took off, Andriukaitis discussed long-distance animal transports at high temperatures with European agriculture ministers.

Hazekamp presented the subject to Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, who then promised to discuss this with Andriukaitis, stating that he was unaware of this transport.

Discussions have not saved a single animal until today.
Only acts!

In the end, no one knew anything, no one could do anything, after all, SHE was the only one who drove to Midia, and showed solidarity with the 70,000 animals!

Anja Hazekamp has done what she is paid for, namely protecting animals and actively trying to stop the transport!


Thanks Anja Hazenkamp in the name of the animals!!

For this crime, are responsible the hypocritical EU Commissioners, whose work ethic on paper ends.

So we ask ourselves: why can not such EU Commissioners be replaced?
We don`t know how they could get such a responsible post, they got it without our voice, what we know is that they don`t care for the welfare of the animals, but they benefit from the suffering of the animals.

We did not forget the mass grave “Al Shuwaikh”!
And we will do our utmost to ensure that those responsible for this mass grave receive a just punishment.

A nice video from the active fight of the Dutchwoman, as MEP, against animal transports

Anja Hazekamp controls animal transports in Slovenia and Croatia


Best regards, Venus

Romanian Sheep Exports on ‘Al Shuwaikh’ – We Have All the Data and Are Now Waiting for the EU to Return From Summer Holidays – Then We Start.



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We have now logged the entire journey of the ‘Al Shuwaikh’ with its ‘cargo’ of 70,000 live Romanian sheep all the way from Midia on 15/7/19 through to the final arrival in Qatar on 3/8/19. This includes the stops at Jeddah and Jebel Ali in Dubai to offload animals.

All this data is now stored in our archive ready for when the EU MEP’s, Commissioners etc return from their Summer breaks; when we will launch an all out campaign, along with other international groups we have contacted; over the barbarity of this consignment.

We will be urging the EU to prosecute the Romanian authorities in the harshest way; just as one example, because of the temperatures in which the sheep were transported. Virtually throughout the entire journey the sheep were travelling in excess of the maximum temperatures allowed by EU Regulation 1/2005; which being an EU member state; Romania should be complying with.

Now we have all the data it is simply a waiting game for the EU to return to Brussels; then we will start.




‘Al Shuwaikh’ Sheep Transporter Vessel – Expected in Qatar Today (3/8/19)

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Further Update – 1500hrs GMT

The Al Shuwaikh has now docked at Hamad port in Qatar.

Update:  1100hrs GMT 3/8/19.

AL SHUWAIKH current position is 25.02039 N / 51.59721 E on Aug 3, 2019

Vessel AL SHUWAIKH is a Livestock Carrier built in the mid 1980s and currently sailing under the flag of Kuwait.

Current destination of AL SHUWAIKH is HAMAD (Qatar) and the estimated time of arrival (ETA) is Aug 3, 03:00.

For more on Hamad port –

What a history of vessel names it has had; why – things to hide ??

Vessel Name Registered Owner Year
AL SHUWAIKH Livestock Tpt & Tdg 1999
MERKUR ISLAND F.A.Vinnen & Co 1999
MSC BRASIL F.A.Vinnen & Co 1998
MSC LIMA F.A.Vinnen & Co 1997
EMPRESS F.A.Vinnen & Co 1996
MERKUR ISLAND F.A.Vinnen & Co 1995
MERKUR ISLAND F.A.Vinnen & Co 1988
COLOMBO F.A.Vinnen & Co 1986
MERKUR ISLAND F.A.Vinnen & Co 1985


EU and Germany: the champions of propaganda


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Surely we all have already noticed by the media that these days again and again animal transporters are stopped by the police and depict dramatic scenes.

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Last Friday, for example, the motorway police in the Nuremberg area (Germany) stopped an overheated animal transport with about 800 piglets. The officers had been alerted by a committed animal rights activist from the Nuremberg area.

He observed while driving on the A3 that many of the animals gasped and were in poor general condition.

Locally, the officials found that the temperature in the transporter was about 41 degrees Celsius. The outside temperature during the day was 38 degrees Celsius!

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The stench was appalling, as the eyewitness sketched. The parking lot in an industrial area ( where the driver had parked) was flooded with excrement and dirt –
these were the legacies of a transport that was already hundreds of miles across Europe.

The networked animal rights activist observed and told us that the drinking system was only turned on, when the driver of the transporter was asked to do so. Already after a short time this was already empty. It did not really work.

“There’s a bit of criminal energy behind it” the police spokesman said. “At such temperatures, it’s like a death sentence.”

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The truck was on its way from the Netherlands to Croatia – a distance of over 1000 kilometers. Only in Austria a new stop was planned.

Until at least the animals would have remained without water.

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Due to the prevailing high temperature and acute water shortage many of the animals were found in a very dehydrated state, at least two piglets were already dead.
The police called then the responsible fire department and the veterinary office, which arrived a short time later and provided the animals with water first. The animals were then transported to the slaughterhouse in Erlangen (Bavaria) to be unloaded and cared for overnight.

Although in the meantime a few more animal rights activists turned on and already gave life courts places for some animals, unfortunately none of the piglets could be rescued.

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After the animals were supplied with water and food in the premises of the slaughterhouse, the responsible VET doctor unfortunately released the truck and was allowed to resume its journey to Croatia.

Some of the piglets were previously found in such poor condition that they were killed on the spot.

We immediately filed a complaint against the drivers and the freight forwarding company and very much hope that it will be punished accordingly.

Safety measures in the five-digit range were imposed on the two drivers of the animal transporter.

But what happened in Nuremberg is  not an isolated case.
As long as  Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (the friend-girl of the slaughterhouses) not finally and consistently intervenes international and national animal transports in the summer months, in principle, it will come to such disasters at the expense of animals.

Therefore, we ask everyone to be vigilant. If you are traveling in the next few days and weeks ( and we all have to fight again with temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius)  please also be active. Watch the animal transporters exactly.

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Should you notice something like very heavily panting or injured animals gasping for air, please alert the police immediately.


My comment: (From the official information center for agriculture, Germany):

“Objective consideration of long-distance transport from Germany shows that German companies are complying with existing regulations.” (see above the case Nuremberg)

The protection of the animals is the focus of transport. After inspections in several EU Member States, the EU Commission emphasized that the additional transnational procedures for official animal welfare controls in Germany are excellent (see also above).

In this country, each long-distance transport in non-EU countries is monitored and checked by veterinary officials (as the vans waitfor  days at the Bulgarian-Turkish border crossing Kapıkule , at 40 degrees Celsius heat.)

We know very well that from the European ports European law is systematically broken, from here on every possibility of control ends.

In February 2017, two years ago, the public was shocked by the fall of a ship that sailed from a Croatian port to Alexandria in Egypt for six days. Three pregnant cows died already in the first four days. In the end, the number of dead animals increased to nine.

But according to EU law it is forbidden to transport pregnant animals!

In addition, the export of live slaughter and breeding animals is booming. Germany alone exported animals worth € 1.34 billion in 2017, almost eight percent more than in the previous year.

France, the Netherlands, Hungary and Germany are high on the list of EU suppliers. According to the Statistical Office of the EU, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt are among the major importers.

One wonders, for how stupid keeps us the EU – Kommission and its business partners, the animal transport mafia!


My best regards to all, Venus




2/8/19 – Copy of the Letter From the EU ‘Do Nothing’ Commissioner to the ‘Animal Welfare Ignorant’ Romanian Minister.

For reference only.

Here below is a copy of the EU Commissioner (Andriukaitis) – pictured below; letter to the Romanian Agriculture Minister (and Minster of Rural Development of Romania) Mr Petre Daea on 10/7/19 asking him not to allow the shipment of 70,000 live sheep to the Middle East due to the extreme temperatures, (46 degrees) which we have reported in the last few days.



Above – The ‘do nothing Commissioner Andriukaitis

Below – the ‘animal welfare’ ignorant Romania Minister Petre Deae

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In his letter the Commissioner continues to give examples of what sections of EU Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport, would be breached by the approval of such a consignment.

In full EU Member State compliance with the demands of the senior Commission, Romania basically gave 2 fingers to the Commissioner and proceeded with the shipment anyway; as we have been reporting now for over 2 weeks.

Romania has ignored all the rules and regulations of the EU when it comes to transporting live animals; and yet we (as EU citizens) are supposed to vote for MEP’s and expect that the EU Parliament actually carries some ‘clout’ in Brussels with the Commissions.

This who saga of animal abuse to the extreme just shows that everything relating to the EU and animal welfare amounts to … NOTHING.


Above – results of their inactions


Here below is a copy of the ‘nothing’ letter from the Commissioner to the Romanian Ministry, a Commissioner who has since packed up and moved on to greener fields.  If only the same could be said for the Romanian sheep he has failed.

See for more.

Comm letter to Romania 1

Comm leter to Romania page 2

If the ‘masters’ of the EU ignore the very rules they are responsible for; then there really is only one answer:

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Al Shuwaikh Update – 2/8/19 0825hrs GMT.

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Al Shuwaikh Update – 2/8/19 0825hrs GMT


The ‘AL SHUWAIKH’ arrived at Shuwaikh port (Kuwait) at 1018hrs on 1/8.

It departed at 2216hrs.


Current destination of AL SHUWAIKH is HAMAD#NG (Qatar) and the estimated time of arrival (ETA) is Aug 3, 03:00

Hamad Port is Qatar’s main seaport, located south of Doha in the Umm Al-Houl area

Temperature in Qatar = 40 degrees – way above max EU animal transportation regulations.

Port calls on this shipment of 70,000 Romanian sheep have included:

Shuwaikh (Kuwait)

Jebel Ali (UAE)

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

Midia (Romania) – commencement of shipment.


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