Category: Live Transport

England: Lands of Confusion – Lets Hope the EU Sorts Us Out With Their Responses !




Venus is taking a well deserved (my words not hers) holiday, as she informed on 28/8 –

As you are probably aware, live animal exports is one of the main issues that annoys us both, especially EU failures on it; and so we give the issue a bit more time than some other things.   I (Mark) have been involved / associated with live animal investigation work for over 25 years; have been awarded for it in the past – – and am generally deeply bummed off by the continual suffering that we (the EU citizen) are still witnessing after all these years.

So, where are we going now with WAV / SAV ?

We will continue to cover many global animal issues as we always have done on this site – nothing changes there.  Our dear 751 European Parliament friends (MEP’s) who are supposed to be ‘the heart of democracy’ in the EU, by representing us, the 500 million citizens, will finally return to work on 2/9/2019.

If only the EU ‘system’ really was as good as it thinks –

Finland will be the Presidential nation for the last 6 months of 2019.

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During January – June of 2019 it was held by Romania.

Although the President Member State, Romania did not enforce existing EU legislation (Regulation 1/2005 on the ‘protection of animals during transport’) whilst it was in charge ! – remember the situation; we covered each day and reported on the shipment of 70,000 live sheep from Romania to Iran in temperatures exceeding (by 10 degrees or more) the maximum which is allowed by EU Regulation 1/2005 ? – this is why we say above ‘if only it (the EU) was as good as it thinks’;

– – if the President state at the time cannot enforce the rules whilst it is in charge, then who does ? – a simple question to MEP’s from simple EU citizens that they are supposed to represent.

So, as of next week we (WAV) will be formally writing to the (English) national members of our European Parliament to ask what is being done about Romania ignoring the EU rules on live animals transport whilst it was the President of the EU ? – we will publish our letter on the site and any explanations that we get back from our MEPs on the issue.

They are being sent a copy of this post in advance so they are prepared for what they can expect from us in the coming weeks.


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Further, we will also be following up a lot on the issue of live animal ‘box’ type trailers which are used to transport live animals around the EU.  We did a investigative report on the ignorance of the export / transport industry using these trailers several years ago – see it here –

So the EU thinks it is good; representing the citizen and all that ?. We say not that good actually.  We will be writing to our MEP’s in the coming weeks and asking them some difficult questions about live animal transport; to see how good the system actually is for the EU citizen. The UK Lib Dems think it is fantastic to be members and say we need to remain in the EU; our evidence with all these issues to date simply means we are totally ignored regarding all we present.  So, Lib Dem MEP’s especially can provide us with the answers now.  We will also ask what is going to be done about the ignorance of the (EU) rules for animals; both in the shipment of Romanian sheep to Iran, and also with box trailers.

So, these issue will be priority over the next week or so; we will publish things when they are done and sent.

As very many EU citizens actually think, the EU is really just ‘lands of confusion’ !!



Regards and have a great evening;




Thanks Anja Hazenkamp in the name of the animals!!



‘Julia AK’ Livestock Carrier – Before and After.

Regards Mark:

I have been doing a little research this morning re ‘Julia AK’ – the live animal export ship which is having problems at Spanish ports whilst sailing with cattle between Brazil and Turkey.  Scroll down the site home page to see more recent posts of the problems.

I have just been looking into the past history of this vessel.  Here is what I found.

Vessel Name Registered Owner Year
JULIA AK Talia Sg Line Co SARL 2016
ABOU KARIM H.M.Khalifeh 2010
LADY DYA Bekdache & Sinno 2008
DYA Atlanta Sg Co Ltd 2000
LADY DYA Dya Sg Co Ltd 2000
ATLANTA SKY Atlanta Sky Sg Ltd 1999
BERNHARD SCHULTE St.Bernhard Sg Co Ltd 1985
BERNHARD SCHULTE St.Bernhard Sg Co Ltd 1984
BERNHARD SCHULTE Bernhard Schulte 1976



In 2008 the ship was called the ‘Lady Dya’; this is a picture of the same ship when it was taken around that time.  Image credit Mahmoud Shd.


Here below is a more recent picture of the ship, now ‘Julia AK’,  in Rio, Brazil.  Photo – Edson de Lima Lucas

So in the more recent years (2010 onwards) did it undergo modifications to be the livestock carrier we presently see.  Physical modifications can be seen by comparing the 2 pictures here.  It is very common for current livestock carrying vessels to have started their earlier sailing days as completely different tanker or cargo type ships; the ‘Julia AK’ conversion is very common of the changes undertaken.

Spain: Update 29/8 – Cattle from Brazil to Turkey.

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Update 29/8 – Cattle from Brazil to Turkey.

This morning. Mark (WAV) has had a really positive talk with the crew at Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Spain –   in order to get the latest news on the situation of the cattle being exported from Brazil to Turkey.


Basically, things have gone quiet and the shipping company from the Lebanon is not giving much away to anyone – (remember we phoned them yesterday and got little). We confirmed with EHCRC (Spain) that we also are having trouble tracking the vessel to its current location.

We were told by EHCRC (Spain) that they were also tracking, but now in their words “the ship has gone off the radar”. We fully agree with this.

Hopefully later today EHCRC (Spain) are aiming to get more updates and news about the situation. When they do they are going to issue a formal Press Release (PR).

Mark and EHCRC (Spain) had a good talk about the live animal export industry in general, and basically they have been having major problems getting the Press to follow up with this situation. We experience this all the time with much of our live export investigation work; and advised EHCRC (Spain) to make contact and complaints through the EU MEP route when they (MEP’s) return from their Summer holidays next week.

We finished by thanking EHCRC (Spain) for the efforts they have made on this live animal export issue. We also finished by agreeing that the Carbon footprint of livestock ships taking live animals all over the world to simply be slaughtered at the final destination was absurd; and that cattle grazing land clearance was one of the major factors for all of the fires in Amazonia at the moment.

We will update with the PR from EHCRC (Spain if and when they are able to get any update today.

Regards Mark.

‘Julia AK’ – What We Know So Far (28/8). More to Come Later.


Well it seems that a lot of our time now will be involved with the Amazon destruction in Brazil; and also a live animal export situation involving Brazilian cattle being exported all the way to Derince in Turkey for slaughter.

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The ship livestock carrier, the ‘Julia AK’; has travelled all the way from Rio Grande in Brazil to the Mediterranean Sea, where it was supposed to have docked to take on fresh food and water. Reports have it that 5,500 young cattle are on board.
The vessel was to have stopped in Categena, Spain, but has been denied the right to dock by the Spanish authorities.
Majbd Bid, operations manager at the Lebanese company which owns the vessel, told Sky News it was not allowed to dock because of a legal dispute with a Spanish fuel company.

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The company which is doing the shipping is:

They can be contacted on +961 – 3 – 675277.

The company, Talia shipping line; says it has a turnover of between 10 and 100 million dollars.

We have spoken with them today (28/8) and they have now informed us that in conjunction with the British animal welfare organisation in Spain, who are acting as the coordinator, the ship has now moved on and has been allowed to dock in another part of Spain.  This has currently not been confirmed to us by any other source – we will get more.

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In our discussion with the shipping company from Lebanon; we got confirmation that the cattle on the ship were going to Turkey for (ritual) slaughter. We told them that authorities in Brazil are the lowest of the low as far as we are concerned, and asked why cattle have to be taken by sea all the way from Brazil to Turkey, only to be slaughtered. They did not provide an answer, or talk to us about all the emission and fuel wastage being undertaken by this vessel on its journey.


Brazil: 3,800 cows are threatened with death


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A transport ship from Brazil with 3,800 cattle on board is anxious to enter the port of Cartagena on Monday, August 26th.

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The CBN reported the Easy Horse Rescue Center from Rojales, which had received information from the transport company. In Cartagena, the livestock transporter Julia AK usually stops on the route from South America to Turkey in order to charge food and water for the animals.
This time it appears that this will prevent a new court order and the port administration will not give the ship a green light. The company believes that the legal hurdle in a few days to master – but that is too much for the hungry and “rather lightweight” animals. They would not survive.
Sue Weeding of theAnimal Sanctuary”: “This story and the plight of these cows is especially timely considering the fires in the Brazilian Amazon. The livestock sector accounts for 80 percent of the rainforest’s deforestation. If the forest is cleared for animals that then starve to death under unreasonable conditions at sea, it is pathological and a huge waste of environmental resources. ”

My comment: And if the legal hurdle can not be mastered in a few days?

The “Amazon method” is used: Let the animals starve to death, there are only 3,800 cows less!!
If Brazil burns thousands of animals in the Amazon with fire, why would the company hesitate to send 3,800 cows to their deaths?
No! It is not only pathological how Brazil deals with animals and nature.
It is a fascist, criminal extermination method of some oligarchs Brasils for profit.

My best regards to all, Venus


Update from Mark 2145hrs GMT 27/8:

we are watching this ship actions via satellite, just as we did the ‘Al Shuwaikh’ with the Romanian sheep.

It is currently South East of Almeria / San Jose – Spain – Mediterranean Sea.

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At the moment we know the vessel is underway to the South of Spain doing about 13.5 knots – we will see what happens on 28/8.  They can run but they cannot hide – we are watching them all the time.

Regards Mark

I Think We have Presented All the Evidence Needed to Show That EU Legislation for ‘ the Protection of’ Animals In Transport Is Up With EU Commissioner Fairies ! – Read on and Find Out Why.


I am supplying the following as additional reference / information to the excellent post which has recently been provided by Venus relating to animal transport guides:


The following all directly relates to EU Regulation 1/2005 on the (so called) ‘protection’ of animals during transport. Relevant sections and what they state are given.

A full copy of Reg 1/2005 can be accessed by the following link:


As an additional reference, we give you a link to a very specific document produced by ‘Eyes on Animal’ in the Netherlands, which specifically deals with the issue of the importance of access during transport.

Here is the link to the report:


We will identify our own (WAV) specific concerns clearly in relation to the Regulation in the following.


As Venus says in her post:

And we mean: The video work is actually very good, congratulations.
What we do not quite understand, to whom are the videos directed.
To the truck driver?
And before 2018, before the project is completed, did the drivers not know which laws apply to animal transport at EU level?
And now that they finally know, do they have to follow these rules? Or only if they want?

Exactly Venus  – as we will show below, since the implementation of Reg 1/2005 in December 2004, all livestock drivers are supposed to be certified (since then) to ensure they are knowledgeable and competent in the transport of live animals.

If this is the case; then why have the EU wasted a lot of time and money in producing new videos on animal transport (links shown in your post)  ? – is this rather like making a video to instruct a qualified pilot the basics of flying a plane ? – drivers are supposed be certified by 1/2005 since 2004; so what is the real point of these new EU videos; apart from wasting lots of money ?

Anyway; we move on.


EU Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport declares:




  1.  Road drivers and attendants as referred to in Article 6(5) and Article 17(1) shall have successfully completed the training as provided for in paragraph 2 and have passed an examination approved by the competent authority, which shall ensure that examiners are independent.

The training courses referred to in paragraph 1 shall include at least the technical and administrative aspects of Community legislation concerning the protection of animals during transport and in particular the following items:

(a) Articles 3 and 4 and Annexes I and II;

(b) animal physiology and in particular drinking and feeding needs, animal behaviour and the concept of stress;

(c) practical aspects of handling of animals;

(d) impact of driving behaviour on the welfare of the transported animals and on the quality of meat;

(e) emergency care for animals;

(f) personnel handling animals.


Article 6


  1. No person shall act as a transporter unless he holds an authorisation issued by a competent authority pursuant to Article 10(1) or, for long journeys, Article 11(1). A copy of the authorisation shall be made available to the competent authority when the animals are transported.
  2. Transporters shall notify to the competent authority any changes in relation to the information and documents referred to in Article 10(1) or, for long journeys, Article 11(1), no more than 15 working days from the date the changes took place.
  3. Transporters shall transport animals in accordance with the technical rules set out in Annex I.
  4. Transporters shall entrust the handling of the animals to personnel who have received training on the relevant provisions of Annexes I and II.




(as referred to in Article 6(3), Article 8(1), Article 9(1) and (2)(a))



No animal shall be transported unless it is fit for the intended journey, and all animals shall be transported in conditions guaranteed not to cause them injury or unnecessary suffering.

When animals fall ill or are injured during transport, they shall be separated from the others and receive first-aid treatment as soon as possible. They shall be given appropriate veterinary treatment and if necessary undergo emergency slaughter or killing in a way which does not cause them any unnecessary suffering.




  1. Provisions for all means of transport

2.  Additional provisions for transport by road or rail

2.1 Vehicles in which animals are transported shall be clearly and visibly marked indicating the presence of live animals,


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Clearly and Visibly Marked ???


WAV Comment – Regarding the last couple of points shown red above, we draw your attention to one of our recent posts on how the industry is not being compliant with EU Regulations when transporting live animals in box type trailers.

Here is the link:


We ask; when box type trailers are being used:

  • how is access to ALL animals being transported provided for the driver ? – he cannot hear them and he most certainly cannot see them in a box trailer – unless he has x ray vision !
  • As we have clearly shown in our photographs and reports, vehicles ARE NOT clearly and visibly marked indicating the presence of live animals. Is this not what my report from vehicles using Ramsgate harbour proved ? – we included in the report our suggestions as to the labelling which we suggested should be used; and also suggested the locations on the trailer where these signs should be applied.


Nothing has ever been done by the EU Commission to address our concerns about live animals being transported in box type trailers.

So, we add all this up and what do we get:

Nothing much really – we (and many other organisations) provide all the evidence top show that adherence to EU rules are a complete and utter joke within the live animal transport sector;  we show that the EU does nothing except make nice new videos for drivers who are supposed to be fully trained and competent in the first place, and we see a Eurogroup for Animals which does not really do much to address any of the issues; when they are supposed to be the direct link to MEPs at the European parliament, who can make changes to the law !

Fed up; disgusted on behalf of the animals; and don’t even ask me about the Brussels crowd; I think we have now proved they in EU circles are utterly incompetent.

Regards to all – Mark.



We have also today (14/8) attempted to make contact by e mail with the 2 primary contacts at the Eurogroup about the live transport issue; but the following has come back to us:


Thank you for your message. I will be on summer leave until 25 August 2019 and will respond to you upon my return. 

For urgent matters you can contact my colleague Alessia Virone,

Best regards,

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser, Eurogroup for Animals


And Alessia (the urgent contact) says:


Thank you for your message!

I will be out of the office until the 18th of Augustus. 

I will answer to your email as soon as possible upon my return.

If your question is urgent, please contact my colleague Andreas Erler (



But he has just automatically mailed us that he is also on holiday !!!


Strong cup of tea, please !



































EU-animal transport guides: animals are transported in the best possible ways!!


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“As a professional driver, the animals are in your hands. You need a certificate of competence to carry live animals.

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European Commission, DG Sante pilot project: “Three years ago our consortium started the adventure of developing good and better practices for the transport of 5 groups of animals.

Now in February 2019, we completed the EU project work, having developed guidelines, fact sheets, videos and having toured many European countries to forward our findings and discuss how to improve animal transport. Although officially this means the end of the project, we will keep on spreading our messages. This website will be kept alive and we hope that we will even be able to add additional translations of our documents on a later stage.

Our Facebook page will also be kept alive and report routinely on EU events on animal transport.

We invite everybody to keep using the recommendations to make sure animals are transported in the best possible ways (!!!)


And here is the visualization of the Animal Transport Guides









EU-Kommission: ..”We invite everybody to keep using the recommendations to make sure animals are transported in the best possible ways” (!!!)

Eurogroup for Animals: The leading animal welfare organisation at EU level:
We are recognised by the European Parliament and Commission as the leading animal welfare organisation at EU level and represent animal welfare interests on many EU advisory committees and consultation bodies. Over the years we have been instrumental in achieving legal protection and EU standards which dramatically improve the way animals are treated.

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And we mean: The video work is actually very good, congratulations.
What we do not quite understand, to whom are the videos directed.
To the truck driver?
And before 2018, before the project is completed, did the drivers not know which laws apply to animal transport at EU level?
And now that they finally know, do they have to follow these rules? Or only if they want?

The second is more likely to be the case, as most animal transports do not comply with EU regulations so far.
And because the EU, as the “largest agricultural lobby” (Jean Ziegler quote) respects the opinion of agriculture ministries, animal transporters, slaughterhouse owners.. much more than the life of animals.

The experience of the last months with the transport of 70,000 sheep in the Persian Gulf has shown us.
Even an EU Commissioner – Vitenis Andriukaitis – got involved, a courageous MEP Anja Hazenkamp was also on the ground; but in the end, none of these individuals (who were certainly involved in drafting Animal Transport Guides) could commit the mass murder of (certainly) a thousand sheep!!

Therefore, a very legitimate question arises: if truck drivers, agriculture ministers, slaughterhouse operators, transporters … regulate the transports only on a profit basis and not on the basis of EU-Animal Transpot Regulation, which instance is responsible for their punishment, and which paragraphs regulate their penalties?

So far, it seems that the EU has not thought about it yet.
But we do.
We have not seen any dramatic improvements in animal transport, on the contrary: the condition remains dramatic to catastrophic, with still a high degree of animal suffering.

This suffering can not improve videos if those who cause it are not punished severely.
It’s that easy, even the EU and its staff could understand it.

We are waiting for the infringement procedure against Romania.
Only when that happens can Eurogroup convince us of “dramatic improvements” in animal transport.

My best regards to all, venus