Category: Live Transport

Serbian Investigations – An ‘EU Candidate Country’. Do we Expect This from EU Member States ?


I want to pick up again on some of our (SAV) past work in Serbia; not for any specific reason; just that it fits well into the recent post by Venus which deals with stray animals within the EU -here is the link:   – I have also added some links and video footage at the end of this post.

Firstly, welcome to everyone and anyone who visits the site from around the globe – it is good to see you and I hope you and I hope you find our articles of interest.

Secondly, and very importantly; never judge the way of a nation by the actions of just a few folk that live there. Serbia has some brilliant animal campaigners, and it has been my pleasure over the last 15+ years to work with many of them – people who have my full respect and people that I can call friends. There are some great little private, individual shelters where people are doing everything they can for animals – check out this SAV Facebook site of ours to see what I mean:


I threw together some information about Serbian animal welfare legislation some years back – visit here for more of the same:

Today I want to track back to an issue we dealt with many years ago – that of the welfare of animals on some Serbian farms. Please remember, Serbia is currently a nation which is a ‘Candidate Country’ to join the EU. To become a member state, it will supposedly enforce all the legislation required of it under EU rules. But we know these don’t work anyway, and the EU never enforces its own legislation; as we have proven so many times with animal transport breaches over the years regarding Regulation 1/2005.

So, the (EU) rules say that all farm animals must be kept to certain standards – which is a joke really considering how many times we have helped to expose EU wrong doings in the past:


Going back; we looked into specific farm animal welfare in the past. As part of the CIWF investigation / campaign team in the past; I was able to call on their extensive experience to help me with regard a few things about EU / Serbian farm animal welfare legislation. Phil helped me a lot and contributed to one of the articles I did on SAV.

Have a look at these pictures that we published at the time – taken on a Serbian farm:

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If you are / have been a meat eater in the past; would you want to eat meat that has been raised in this way ? – this is footage that was taken undercover on a Serbian farm a few years back. It is totally non compliant with EU standards; as detailed in the following links:

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Remember, Serbia is now a Candidate Country to become an official EU member state.

We provided our evidence and photographs to the EU Commissioner for Enlargement – Commissioner Hahn; several years ago; as a result, we were ignored; as many animal welfare groups are when they show up the EU for the non enforcement of its own EU standards. We accept that our evidence will be ignored; whilst we hear great words regarding standards coming from EU ‘mouths’.

We also provided photographic evidence of dead pigs which had literally been dumped on the roadside. See the pictures here. Why had they died ?; of what ?; and why were their bodies not disposed of in accordance with proper legislation requirements ? 


Stray animals (Dogs) are a big issue in Serbia as we have recently pointed out. Do farm animal carcasses such as these pigs strewn over the roadside not act as a source of attraction for hungry and desolate stray dogs ? – the whole system fails for animals, whilst at the same time the EU opens its arms to new member states; with the ‘EU Utopia’ prophecy in which there is nothing wrong !


Finally, we also took the issue of Serbian live animal transport to the authorities; who were adamant that sheep exported to Israel for slaughter had not been sent live from Serbia. Some Serbian shelters were also targeted with closure if we carried on with our expose.

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Now you know why we hate live animal exports !


In the end, the Serbian authorities had to come clean and confirm that the sheep had been shipped live from Serbia. And just for the record, all the shelters threatened with closure by the authorities as part of this expose were left to carry on with their excellent work.


Remember – Serbia is a EUROPEAN NATION – we expect better animal welfare standards of it.


Still to come – out expose of Serbian Zoos and the terrible conditions which animals have to endure – fighting to survive daily whilst the authorities ignore meeting their legal requirements to undertake inspections.


Best regards to all;

For the animals – Mark.



EU: aid to animal mass murder


Pro-Brexit supporters burn an EU flag during a UKIP demonstration in central London


Animals’ Angels visits numerous local wildlife markets in the Middle East where sheep and goats are sold.

Overall, the markets are relatively neat and all animals get at least water and food. There are shadows in all paddocks and the fans are running. Most animals come from the region – but today we also find sheep from Romania!

In the past, Australian sheep were sold here instead. But since this year, Australia has at least during the hot summer months, an export ban in the Middle East pronounced. But what is the EU and its member states doing? Instead of following the example of Australia, EU countries – such as For example, Romania -use this “gap” and export their animals to the Middle East. Europe should be ashamed!

We are shocked by the condition of the Romanian sheep: they are extremely dirty from top to bottom, their fur is completely stuck to excrement. Some sheep cough or have nasal discharge. The heat and high humidity make them even harder to manage. Some pant with their mouths open or lie exhausted on the ground.
We do not want to imagine under what bad conditions Liviu and the other sheep were transported by ship from Romania, that they look so dirty and miserable.

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Adding to all the suffering, there is another paradox: actually, the sheep do not want anyone here. They are later sold off as “cheap meat” for the guest workers, which does not even cost a third of the price that is demand for local sheep.

We complain against the EU and its Member States, which once again failed to ban animal transport at least during the hot months. Instead, they seek profit at any cost, throwing any ethics overboard.


In the EU idiots or corrupt have the say.
Disgusting and incompetent at the same time is this EU gang and its servants.
We pay these to legally and deliberately demand the crimes of the meat mafia.
And in shame they are all the same.
They insult our intelligence, our empathy, our understanding of the law, they despise us, they ignore us, they cheat us.
They take from the idea of ​​animal welfare and the legally recognized animal rights, every validity, every power.
They repeat the ridiculous farce, they can not do anything.
We mean, they do not want to, but both are a valid reason to abolish this gang.
The EU must be abolished, the EU has not improved in the least, it pulls itself into EUXIT every day.

My best regards to all, Venus





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On Friday, 4 October 2019, sorrow and anguish filled the harbour as Inspectors from the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) and SPCAs watched the last sheep being loaded onto the Al-Shuwaikh vessel, along with an estimated 57 000 other sheep destined for the Middle East for inhumane slaughter. There were inspectors monitoring the loading at the feedlot and on the harbour for the entire process.

Inspectors on the feedlot and the harbour worked tirelessly from the early morning until late at night monitoring the loading of these sheep on 1 and 2 October 2019, finally working a 27 hour shift on 3 October 2019 until the morning of 4 October 2019 when the last sheep was loaded.

“We were standing on the harbour after a final inspection of the vessel was undertaken, the atmosphere and sheer devastation was suffocating, we all knew what it meant for the sheep on board. However, the evidence collected over the last four days will protect millions of animals from ever being loaded onto these death ships in the future” said Meg Wilson of the NSPCA.

Dr Molefe, the Director of Veterinary Public Health of the Department of Agriculture, accompanied the NSPCA’s veterinarian and a Senior Inspector on an inspection of the vessel on 3 October 2019. Dr Molefe appeared to be horrified at the conditions on board the ship, including dangerously high ammonia levels on some of the decks, parasitic conditions including faeces in food and water troughs, among other serious concerns, this was only on day 2.5 of the loading – the sheep still have to endure these worsening conditions for their entire journey. Curiously, later that day, two veterinarians from the provincial government department undertook an inspection and advised our inspectors that nothing was wrong.

At the insistence of Al Mawashi, the loading process continued throughout the night of 3 October 2019. The NSPCA appealed to the provincial government representatives to put a stop to the loading as animals were being manhandled as a result of exhausted handlers and the dark conditions but the intransigent government officials stood by and did nothing.

The NSPCA called upon Dr Shawn Morris, an experienced veterinarian and feedlot expert in South Africa, to attend an inspection of the loading site on the harbour, as well as the vessel itself following the NSPCA’s horrific findings on board the vessel and during the loading process.

“Having had an opportunity to attend the unloading on the Al-Shuwaikh on Thursday evening and having been granted access to the vessel itself, it was evident that the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s (DALRRD) lack of concern and more importantly, their absence at the loading point as well as on the vessel (save for short periods of time) is of serious concern”, said Dr Morris, “I would describe the role of DALRRD as nothing more than window dressing”.

The NSPCA asked Dr Morris to describe this shipment, and others like it, using one word, his response was “disaster”.

The only authority in attendance during the entire loading operation at both the feedlot and on the harbour was the NSPCA, with the assistance of Eastern Cape SPCAs, whose personnel, including their veterinarian worked around the clock to ensure that no sick, injured or lame animals were loaded, clearly a role that should have been fulfilled by DALRRD veterinarians – especially if welfare was a primary concern.

“Our authorities, in my opinion, have not given enough thought and consideration to the problem at hand and have certainly not applied their minds when it comes to the welfare of the animals” explained Dr Morris, “the authorities, in this instance, DALRRD, who have the powers vested on them should do the right thing and not simply turn a blind eye when it comes to animal welfare.”

The NSPCA will be laying charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 against the South African Government, including the Provincial Government, as well as animal cruelty charges, assault charges and multiple charges of obstruction against the personnel that handled the animals inhumanely, those that assaulted and hindered NSPCA Inspectors from fulfilling their duties, and personnel of Al Mawashi who have a registered company in South Africa.

Furthermore, the NSPCA will take the necessary legal action to ensure that there is an end to the unacceptable and unnecessary cruelty involved in the live export trade.

“Seeing the suffering of these sheep even before their departure, and watching the Al-Shuwaikh depart has been heart breaking, but it has also affirmed our determination.  We may have lost this battle – but we have not lost the war. We will do everything in our power to ensure that no animal is ever loaded on board these death ships again” said Wilson.



Germany: 6000 deaths during animal transport accident




In an accident near Kasel, Germany, on October 3, a poultry truck is overturned. According to initial findings about 6000 non-human persons (chickens) have died.

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Eyewitnesses report a cruel scene that showed up between meadows and fields. A big overturned truck immediately catches your eye before you see the many boxes of thousands of squashed chickens. 80 percent of the chickens did not survive!

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A forklift carries one box after another into the van. Sad is the sight that offers itself because the animals seem to have been crushed by the thousands. So here stands out a foot, there a wing or the tender comb of a cockerel.

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The whole thing is overshadowed by the typical chicken stall smell, which always hits your nose when hundreds of dead animals pass by again. The beeping of the survivors sounds desperate and powerless, considering the many hours in this hell, no wonder.

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At some point there are no more cages on the dirt road from where you can still see their former home. In just over an hour, the survivors will have reached Gudensberg, the largest poultry slaughterhouse in Hesse, Germany.

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Overall, the 40-tonner had loaded 7500 animals. The vehicle was no significant damage according to police, even the 38-year-old driver of a company from the district of Lower Saxony remained unhurt.

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The driver claimed that it rained in torrents and it was correspondingly dark. Suddenly he noticed that the right rear tires have strayed off the road and he has lost the control of the truck.

As a result of the impact, some of the transport boxes were opened so that some of the chickens had to be caught in the adjacent field. Although the van “very slowly,” slipped into the ditch, so the driver, 80 percent of the animals did not survive the accident. All persons were 32 days old!

The surviving chickens can not avoid their fate even after the disaster. After the transporter has been raised again, they should be brought to a slaughterhouse in Gudensberg, Germany.

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My comment: If an accident happened to 6000 human animals, the third world media war would break out.
And the driver would have been responsible for negligent homicide in 6000 cases before the court. He would also have been accused of grievous bodily harm in another 1500 cases.
Now the message has disappeared, nowhere can you get new information about the “accident”. And so these messages get the color of a torture voyeurism for a gossipy society!

Coming soon, the farm animal exploiter will probably receive a generous compensation for the damage, because the EU agricultural subsidies are intended for such crimes.
This way, he can rebuild his Dachau as soon as possible and possibly gets more inmates.

And Germany can continue to produce 57 million tonnes of poultry (carcass weight) as in 2018. Because Germany is one of the largest meat and milk producers in the world, it produces 8 million tons of meat every year!! And this business is subsidized with taxpayers’ money!

There may be some who have difficulty responding to this crime if they are to be “reasonable” or “appropriate” without being “fanatical”.

I can say that I am very sad that there is not at least ONE human person among the 6000 dead. That would be fair for me.
Whoever wants to define this as “fanaticism” is a pseudo-moralist and accepts the right understanding of a banana republic.

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My best regards to all, Venus


South Africa; Surprise, Surprise ! – Ship transporting 60,000 sheep on journey of death gets ‘clean bill of health’.


Ship transporting 60,000 sheep on journey of death gets ‘clean bill of health’

Ship transporting 60,000 sheep on journey of death gets ‘clean bill of health’


The sheep are doomed to spend three weeks at sea in squalid conditions should a live export permit be granted, and many will not make it out alive.

The Al Shuwaikh livestock vessel destined for Kuwait, which has docked in East London for the past few days awaiting shipping 60,000 sheep onto it has been given a clean bill of health, according to Dispatch Live.

It was earlier reported that a permit had already been granted, but has since been corrected to reflect that this is only expected to take place later this week, department of rural development and agrarian reform spokesperson Ayongezwa Lungisa told Dispatch Live on Monday.

Lungisa says veterinarians are expected to be inspect the sheep for diseases and vaccinations before the Al Shuwaikh heads for Kuwait. If this is in order, a live export permit is expected to be granted.

The sheep are doomed to spend three weeks at sea in squalid conditions, and many will not make it out alive.

Al Mawashi, the livestock transport and trading company facilitating the live export, ironically claims that it does not tolerate poor treatment of livestock in any part of its supply chain.

However, in November 2017 during a voyage on the Al Shuwaikh, an average of 37 animals died each day onboard the ship. In June 2018, an average of 20 animals died per day on a 30-day voyage, and in September 2018, 659 deaths were recorded on a 24-day voyage.

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) urged both government and the public to reconsider the shipment.

The permit being granted has hit them and other animal rights organisations hard.

In a statement, the NSPCA details the gruesome conditions the sheep will face on the ship.

“Onboard this ship, they will be crammed so tightly that many will not be able to lie down and rest. For three weeks, they will stand, with limited access to food and water, and some will have no access at all … They will be forced to stand in their own excrement, wearing what is called “faecal jackets”.

Marcelle Meredith, NSPCA executive director, said: “The South African government have the power to stop this shipment, they have a responsibility to ensure that welfare is a primary concern, especially in light of our success in the high court recently with regards to permitting issues and welfare considerations.”

In a damning statement, the NSPCA has slammed the company’s blatant hypocrisy, pointing to claims that they operate transparently.

The NSPCA continues to advocate that live export by sea for slaughter purposes is unethical, unnecessary, and unacceptable.

According to Animals Australia, over 100,000 litres of urine and faeces accumulate on a trip like this each day the sheep are onboard.

This combined with the Middle East’s high temperatures results in sheep being unable to regulate their own body temperatures causing heatstroke. This, the statement reads, literally results in sheep being “cooked alive” while in oven-like temperatures.

Waste build-up makes it dangerous for the sheep to lie down, as they risk being buried alive, and ammonia from their excrement often leads to respiratory infections, and burning eyes and throats.

“All this mixed with disease, overcrowding, pneumonia, motion sickness, physical trauma and injuries, and stress, creates the perfect environment for excruciating suffering, and many animals will die in transit.”

The fate of those that survive the journey is not good either – they will face “inhumane handling” before being violently slaughtered while they are still alive.

Carte Blanche screened horrifying footage of the live export trade on Sunday evening, with the video still making the rounds on social media.

The NSPCA hoped their online petition would encourage government to reconsider the shipment.

“South Africa must take a stand against this abhorrent and unnecessary practice and rather export packaged meat, which not only ensures that animals do not suffer unnecessarily, but helps the country’s struggling economy.”

Those who wish to make a donation to the NSPCA can do so by clicking here.

England: 40+ Years of Campaigning Has Not Been Wasted !




28/9/19 – The news today is positive – ‘Animal Welfare’ is the big issue at the Conservative party conference.

Here in the UK at the moment; we have a Conservative (Party) government. This weekend and into next week is the Conservative party conference; where the ‘table is laid’ about their proposals for the near future. We are very pleased to say that in both the last DEFRA Minister, Michael Gove; and the current minister, Theresa Villiers; we have very animal welfare friendly people. Theresa has always been a big player in the ban for live animal exports. This is reflected in the new manifesto paper released today which outlines the changes which we could see in the future under a Conservative government.


 Theresa Villiers – Anti Live Export Minister.


Here below is a copy of the released paper:



More press news:


Whilst we at WAV welcome many of the initiatives set out in the paper; after all we are an animal welfare / rights organisation; we do have concerns that some issues are still not covered; including a reduction of animals being used in experiments; and failures to promote protection for drastically needed animals such as bees, butterflies and hedgehogs. Nothing has also been said about the culling of badgers; which is currently taking place under this same government.

But we do very much welcome the wording regarding a ban on the live export of animals; which is something we have been campaigning for (for) over 30 years; and which as a nation we are against; but unable to implement all the time we are an EU member state. We, as a group; did say a long time ago that if the UK was able to break free from the shackles of the EU, we could take back our own national control; and go for a live export ban. It seems that we have been listened to finally.


Under the proposals; the UK could see:


  • Protection of farm animal welfare standards – that animal products sold in the UK come only from animals raised to UK standards or higher.


  • The end of cages – phasing out of intensive cage systems by the end of the next parliament; supporting farmers who make the transition away from cage systems.


  • Mandatory labelling of all meat – the public will be given information on how animals were raised and slaughtered; enabling them to make a choice on what they buy.


  • The end of live animal exports from the UK for both further fattening and slaughter.


  • The introduction of a new law to recognise that all animals are sentient beings; and by going further than EU legislation, it will allow the government and ministers to take animal sentience into account when making lawful decisions on legislation.


  • Teaching animal welfare to children as part of the national curriculum. Children have a natural affinity with animals; so they will be taught about their needs, sentience, and requirements needed in order to respect and protect them.


  • Banning the import of all Foie Gras products into UK, once we leave the EU.


  • A focus on subsidising farmers and rewarding them financially if they adopt higher animal welfare standards and end cruel practices such as debeaking and the killing of male calves; the by product of a cruel dairy industry, along with the killing of male chicks at birth by the egg industry.


  • Opposing the resumption of commercial whaling; as is currently supported by the UK.


  • Seeking measures to end the terrible business of shark finning.


  • Legislate to improve fish welfare, at production, handling and slaughter.


  • A free vote on non-stun slaughter; and labelling of food to identify how an animal was killed – stun or no stun; enabling the public purchaser to make the choice of what they buy.


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Myself campaigning at Dover port against the export of young male dairy calves to Europe for intensive systems.


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A British  Veal Calf is Restrained in an EU Veal Crate – now that’s worth fighting for !

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The ‘Animal Cruelty Investigation Group’ (ACIG – England) follow British Calves to the Netherlands.



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The woman behind my respect for animals – my mum (right) with Virginia McKenna of Born Free Foundation.


After some 40+ years of being a voice for animals, all of the above is very welcome news. Naturally there are other issues that we still have to work on; but hey; main issue at the Conservative conference; 15 years ago ‘animal welfare’ was not even really spoken about.

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In Brussels, Belgium, EU HQ – a long, long time ago !

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In the Netherlands with CIWF – European tour against intensive farming systems.


Today is a good positive sign for me; that my 40+ years of campaigning have not been wasted. Finally our voices are being heard where it matters by the people who are able to make the changes we ask for. The changes will not happen in the next week, but some of them could be underway by the time hopefully we get out of the useless EU by the end of this year.


Thanks to the tenacity of many excellent folk I have campaigned with over the years; sadly some of whom are not around now to hear this; I am tonight thinking back at them and remembering what they did to be a voice for animals. 



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Mike Tucker – Live Export Campaign hero  – sadly no longer with us.


Tonight I am thinking and hoping that the 40+ years I have campaigned for animals, will move on in the near future to even better things. Finally we are being listed to.   I also want to send respect and good luck to Greta with her environmental campaigning; she has done wonders with the global support of many activists.

She and her ideas and recommendations are the future; not those of the ignorant ‘Trumps’ of this world.


This is worth a read – with some great photos:


Regards Mark




EU: Finally, After A Second Try, We Get One Response (out of 10)Regarding Our Concerns For Romanian Sheep Exports. Now We Wait to See What Happens (if anything !).





Hi all

Regarding the issue of the 70,000 live sheep exported from Romania to the Middle East recently, which we covered on a daily basis; we then raised the issue with EU MEP’s as to what injunctions were going to be taken by the EU against Romania.

You can read our letter here:

… well, a few weeks on and we had NO replies from anyone – no real surprise to us, but a reflection of the system in the EU. So we wrote again:

Yesterday, 19/9, we finally had one e mail back to us regarding the issue. It was from the office of Judith Bunting MEP (for SE England). The letter was worded:

Dear Mr Johnson,

I apologise that you have not received a response from our office regarding this issue.

This is a notice to say that we have received your email and Ms Bunting will be in touch with answers to your questions in due course.

For now, we are waiting on responses from other MEP’s offices regarding:

– The Commission’s infringement proceedings against Romania

The Motion for Resolution submitted by Dominique Bilde MEP


With regards to the other questions in your letter, we have contacted both the European Parliament’s Research Service as well as the Health and Food Commissioner’s office. They should be able to provide more clarity on the issues you discuss.

Kind regards,



Finally; someone is addressing our concerns ! – it is worth looking at the ‘motion for resolution’ submitted by Dominique Bilde MEP via the link given above.

So now we wait to see what we get back from the EU.

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In the meantime; the same vessel (the Al Shuwaikh’) which carried all the suffering Romanian sheep to the Middle East is now trying desperately to get a consignment of sheep from South Africa – you can read more here:

We have yet to hear if the SA government are going to allow the shipments both now and in the future.


Here is a video showing the conditions in which the sheep are transported; and how they suffer during the voyage.


This is the reason why we fight the live export trade so vigorously; be it by road, sea or air. We will never give up with our exposure of the terrible suffering animals endure during live transport.


Regards Mark