England UK: Petition Calling for Much Better Signage on ‘Sealed Box’ Live Animal Transporters Within The EU.

Subject: Petition for Better Signage on Sealed Box Type Animal Transporter Trailers.

This is a sealed box type  trailer which is sometimes used to carry live animals around Europe;

NOT clearly identified for doing this as can be seen.  There are around 300 live sheep in this trailer.

Would  you know it ? – do emergency services know it ? – If not, please sign the petition.

Petition Link:


Dear all;

I undertake live animal transport investigation work in addition to SAV.  In relation to live animal campaigning, I have created a petition associated with live animal transport in sealed ‘Box’ type trailers as sometimes witnessed at Ramsgate port in England, UK.  This type of trailer is used much more in mainland EU than in the UK.  I am calling for much better signage on all trailers that operate in this way throughout the  EU, especially should the vehicles become involved in any type of accident.  Emergency services attending from whatever national rescue service need to be informed that live animals are being carried – and  this is far from clear at the moment as can be seen from Valerie’s photos.

This is initially aimed at the responsible Commission (for animal welfare legislation) at the EU, and once completed, will then be diverted to Minister Jim Paice to simply ask him and the UK government to take action on this issue within the UK – to enforce better UK legislation.  This will all happen before the Euro Elections which will take place next summer.   From how Mr Paice, the Conservative Minister at Defra acts (or does not), we can obtain a view on the Conservative policy on this issue and live animal transport in general (if we dont already know !) and then decide on our voting route for the 2013 euro Elections; a system that elects Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

I hope that you can give your support and signature to this. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN EU CITIZEN TO SIGN THIS – SIGNATURES FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ARE WELCOME.

The above Care2 link should take you to the petition.


Mark. – Founder SAV.


The wording of my petition is as follows and attached you will see a photos by Valerie Cameron and Bill of exactly this type of Dutch registered trailer carrying live animals out of Ramsgate port, Kent, England.:

Not all animals being transported by road across the EU go in ‘conventional’ livestock trailers which have exterior air vents fitted to each tier, providing air to the animals.  Some trailers are completely sealed as shown in the photograph (this truck has several hundred sheep in its trailer) giving most outside observers the conception that anything other than live animals are being carried within it.  We feel that this should be made much more evident to outside observers and especially emergency services should an accident occur.

Chapter II Para 2.1 of Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations (and amending Directives) simply declares that:

“vehicles in which animals are transported shall be clearly and visibly marked indicating the presence of live animals, except when the animals are transported in containers marked in accordance with paragraph 5.1 – a sign indicating the top of the container”.

Observations taken in the UK by animal welfare campaigners have noted that with sealed ‘Box’ type articulated trailers which are sometimes used for the transportation of livestock such as sheep and calves, there is (very) insufficient exterior identification on these vehicles to identify that livestock is even being transported within them.

This is completely unsatisfactory.  Should any one of these sealed ‘box’ type trailers ever be involved in a road accident anywhere within the EU; there is currently very little possibility that (national) emergency / rescue services personnel would even know that live animals are being transported within the trailer.  From observations in the UK, clear and visible marking declaring ‘live animals carried’ on all parts of the box trailer does not exist !

Without this information that live animals are being carried / transported, the same animals may be left within the enclosed trailer should it become involved in an accident on the highway.  In addition, as the trailers are sealed and only use electrical power for (internal) animal ventilation; should this be cut off as the result of any accident, many animals may be suffocated and die as a result.  Time is of the essence here – emergency services need to be informed that live animals are within the trailer and to be able to gain access to them as soon as possible in order to prevent deaths.

This petition calls on the EU Director General of Health and Consumers (SANCO); who is responsible for ensuring good animal welfare, along with all EU national animal welfare government ministers to undertake the necessary legislation changes to:

Ensure that Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport is much updated through formal document legislation to ensure that clearly visible evidence is provided to outside observers that live animals are being transported within these (sealed) ‘box’ type trailers

Ensure that emergency services personnel from any EU member state are able to visually identify that the trailer concerned IS carrying live animals – something which is NOT obvious to outside observers with current sealed ‘box’ trailers

Ensure that all sealed ‘box’ type trailers carrying live animals are identified as ‘carrying live animals’ by way of:

Large, clear WARNING SIGNS showing that live animals are being transported within the trailer(s) in question, and that these warning signs are fitted on:

  • The sides of the trailer – in at least 3 positions
  • The front and rear of the trailer – in at least 2 positions
  •  The roof of the trailer – in at least 3 positions
  •  The underside of the trailer – in at least 2 positions

All these positions would ensure that in the event of any major accident or overturn, emergency services attending would be clear of the trailer content – live animals.

In addition, a warning sign fitted on both the sides and rear of the trailer must identify to emergency rescue personnel that:

 ‘in the event of an accident, the air ventilation power system to the sealed trailer may be disrupted; and that animals contained within the trailer should be provided with fresh, externally sourced air as soon as possible to avoid their suffocation’.  Basically; the trailer doors must be opened.

Signage should be in at least two main European languages – English and French and / or German for example.

Vehicles carrying live animals in sealed ‘box’ trailers on the roads of the EU at present are VERY inadequately identified as doing such; they can easily be mistaken for refrigerated trailers rather than those transporting live animals, as can be seen in the photograph associated with this petition.  It is time for this to be rectified with the use of good, clear and adequate signage all exterior faces of the trailer, including – top, bottom, front, rear and both sides.

As an animal welfare organisation within the UK, we immediately call on the Director General of Health and Consumers (SANCO) to ensure that this becomes urgent legislation to ensure that live animals are given better protection during transport by the use of large, clear and easily identifiable signage applied to all sealed ‘box’ trailers.  This update must be applied to Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations which is applicable throughout the EU.


 Note one pathetic vertical sign saying ‘Live Animals’ at the rear – this is not good enough; clear signage is a must.

Please add your name to the petition. Thank You.

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Germany: Zookeeper Killed by Tiger; Which is Shot and Killed by Zoo Director. 500 Tigers Remain Globally in the Wild, But 7,021,836,029 Humans On the Planet. What Will They Shoot Once Tigers Are Extinct ?

What will they shoot and kill when all the endangered animals have been ‘removed’ from the planet by the human species ?

– other humans ? 


German zookeeper killed by tiger at Cologne zoo

Police and zoo officials have confirmed that a 43-year-old female zookeeper has been killed by a tiger at Cologne zoo.
5:41PM BST 25 Aug 2012

The attack happened around 10.00am (GMT). The tiger, named Altai was four-years-old and was moved to Cologne Zoo in April last year.

The zookeeper, who has not yet been named was mauled and bitten and later died of her wounds in hospital.
Theo Pagel, zoo director, told reporters,”today is surely the most terrible day in my career”.

He went on to describe how he wasn’t present when the incident took place but did shoot and kill the animal on arrival.

He said an investigation into what happened was underway and it appeared that “the keeper made a mistake“.

It is believed that the woman was cornered by the animal after it found its way through a gate that had not been properly shut.

Cologne Zoo is one of the oldest and best-known in the country and is home to some 10,000 animals from 700 species.

Food for thought:

Amur Tiger: included on CITES Appendix I, global population in the wild is estimated to number 500, while 421 cats are kept in captivity; or maybe 420 now. ( also see – BBC, “Amur tigers on ‘genetic brink’ )

In comparison: mankind, not included on any CITES list of endangered species,  global population is estimated to number 7,021,836,029 mid-year 2011.


Some disturbing comments left by some regarding this:

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Magnificent animal? Their only utilities, of those lazy and coward beasts is to make lovely carpets (I prefer those made from white tiger skins) and to be stuffed to be shown in museuns. Future (I hope it will be very son) kids will know that those stinking “Magnificent Animal” have been eliminated by man, the Lord of Earth


The simple fact to watch the photo of that beautiful (some say it) and huge animal makes me sick. I hate every time more the people who insist to protect and keep alive those specimens all around the worls. Theuy are cruel beats, coward creatures, they are simply dangerous, useless, lazy, they live their senseless existences only to hunt, chase smaller animals, kill them, eat them and sleep more than 18 hours a day. The Zoo administration should be charged with a penalty because they didn’t kill the beast two or theee years ago...


I think you’ll find there are no tigers in Africa. They’re indigenous to India and the Far East; but you’re correct, they are very highly feared. But, if you would like to see them become extinct, you’re fast getting your wish. Poaching, loss of habitat and illegal hunting has left a comparatively small number of tigers in the world today. Soon the only tigers left will be the ones in zoos.

I hope it happens as soon as possible, a worls withou those coward beasts…


Yes, you are right, let’s release all the tigers that are today in captivity aroud the world, take all of them to Suberia anda than… shot to death all those coward beasts. I give my approval…


‘Netto’ or ‘Nutto’ ??

Lets hope he never produces children !!









Charmaine Tham: Recruit dogs to prevent rabies – continual killing is NOT the answer.

Excellent video link: 


Charmaine Tham: Recruit dogs to prevent rabies

Charmaine Tham, the Vice President of Vets Beyond Borders, has worked as a veterinarian and educator on several dog health programs. She has worked on a project to reduce human rabies deaths in India.
Note: We want you to see these talks exactly as they happened!

SAV CommentPlease pass on to ignorant Serbian politicians – even those who have a vested interest in making money out of continually killing dogs.  As the video shows; killing is not the answer; it does not work !

Singapore: The last days of Ol Boy: Heartbreaking video captures animal rescue group giving a dying stray dog his first moments of love as his life slips away

For making a donation, go to:  http://www.saveourstreetdogs.com/  

For full story:


The last days of Ol Boy: Heartbreaking video captures animal rescue group giving a dying stray dog his first moments of love as his life slips away

Singapore group cared for Ol Boy in his final days

When his rescuers found him, Ol Boy was in a state of pain, but they cared for him in his final days, showing him a love he had never known.

Weak from years of living on the streets, Ol Boy was covered in ticks and lesions, unable to walk or feed himself.

Web site link: 

Save Our Street Dogs , an animal rescue group in Singapore, took him home and showed him tenderness for the first time, letting him pass away knowing he was cherished during his short time on earth.


Scroll down on above link for video.







If You Have Too Many Drinks and Play With Fire ……..

…. Someone is gonna get burned !


The AZORES : running of the bulls – les Açores, les lâchés des taureaux – het stierenlopen op de Azoreneilanden,

USA: Cows Electrocuted, Abused at California Slaughterhouse

Cows Electrocuted, Abused at California Slaughterhouse

by Piper Hoffman   – August 21, 2012 – 6:00 pm

After seeing an undercover video of shocking cruelty to cattle at California slaughterhouse Central Valley Meat Company, the USDA shut the plant down, according to the Associated Press and National Public Radio. At least two USDA inspectors worked on-site at the facility; both have been suspend

View a four-minute excerpt of the video here .

Compassion Over Killing taped the torture at Central Valley Meat Company over the course of two weeks this summer. It showed workers abusing cows who could not walk by shocking them with electric prods, shooting them repeatedly with captive bolt guns, kicking them, pulling them by their tails, and prodding them with forklifts. Workers also killed conscious animals, leaving them to bleed to death while hoisted in the air by one ankle.

The USDA visited the slaughterhouse after receiving the video from animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing and found “egregious inhumane handling and treatment of livestock.” According to the USDA, this means “an act or condition that results in severe harm to animals,” and it includes seriously repulsive conduct:

1. Making cuts on or skinning conscious animals;

2. Excessive beating or prodding of ambulatory or nonambulatory disabled animals or dragging of conscious animals;

3. Driving animals off semi-trailers over a drop off without providing adequate unloading facilities (animals are falling to the ground);

4. Running equipment over conscious animals;

5. Stunning of animals and then allowing them to regain consciousness;

6. Multiple attempts, especially in the absence of immediate corrective measures, to stun an animal versus a single blow or shot that renders an animal immediately unconscious;

7. Dismembering conscious animals, for example, cutting off ears or removing feet;

8. Leaving disabled livestock exposed to adverse climate conditions while awaiting disposition, or

9. Otherwise causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals, including situations on trucks.

Slaughterhouse owners Brian and Lawrence Coelho denied any wrongdoing. According to the Better Business Bureau, Central Valley Meat Company has been in business since January 1989.

Central Valley Meat Company provides ground beef to the USDA for its food programs, including school lunches. The cows it slaughters are dairy cows who no longer produce enough milk to be profitable to their owners. Dairy cows make up approximately 2.8 million of the 150 million cattle who are slaughtered for meat each year in the United States.

It is illegal to slaughter sick cows for human consumption. The USDA’s investigation of the slaughterhouse includes ascertaining whether the cows abused because they could not walk were weak from illness.

Compassion Over Killing’s undercover investigators have documented abuses of animals raised for food at many facilities, including those producing chicken, eggs, turkey and foie gras.



Could Anyone Find This Animal Abuse Tolerable?

Posted: 08/22/2012 1:09 pm

Yesterday, the USDA shut down operations at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif. The facility, located at the center of California’s dairy industry, slaughters California dairy cows when their milk production declines and sells their meat to make hamburger for the school lunch program. Federal regulators took the action after receiving undercover footage taken at the slaughterhouse by an animal welfare group, Compassion Over Killing.

Central Valley Meat Co. is owned by Brian and Lawrence Coelho. Asked for a comment, Brian Coelho said: “Our company seeks not just to meet federal humane handling regulations, but exceed them.”

Meanwhile, the California Milk Advisory Board tells us that “Happy Cows Come From California.” In fact, the agency has just this past week once more cranked up the ad campaign with a new twist. Titled “Friends,” the new ads use a happy and talkative cow to convey the unmistakable feeling that by eating California cheese and drinking California milk, you are expanding your family to include friendly cows. The tag line is “Make us part of your family.”

Factory farm dairies have long employed the PR tactic of telling consumers that they treat their animals “just like members of their own families.” Considering the footage provided by Compassion Over Killing, I hope that isn’t true. It shows dairy cows bleeding and thrashing painfully after being repeatedly shot in the head with a pneumatic gun in bungled efforts to render them unconscious prior to killing them. One cow is shown still conscious and flailing as a conveyor lifts her by a single leg for transport to the area where her throat will be slit.

If you’ve eaten at In-N-Out Burger recently, you may have eaten a burger made from the flesh of a cow killed at Central Valley Meat Co. The burger chain has regularly obtained meat from this slaughterhouse but severed ties with the company yesterday after learning of the current situation. After seeing the footage, USDA officials began investigating whether beef from sick cows has reached the food supply and should be recalled. The practice of sending meat to market from sick animals is illegal.

How often are dairy cows treated this badly in today’s slaughterhouses? It’s anybody’s guess. The industry has gotten legislation passed that makes it illegal to take undercover footage of cruelty to farmed animals, so undercover investigators risk years in prison to do so.

The industry considers people who take footage like this to be criminals and wants them jailed. I consider them heroes who are trying to return our society to a semblance of morality in the way we treat dairy cows and other livestock. Either way, I find it difficult to imagine anyone who could watch this footage and find it tolerable.

Here is the footage. Please be prepared if you watch it. It’s grotesque. I don’t think anyone with a heart could possibly find this tolerable.

WARNING: Video contains graphic content.



Addressing The Emotion Of Animal Welfare

Aug. 22, 2012 3:57pm

During a recent meeting in Nebraska, a slide depicted two photos. One was of caged laying hens, and the other was a small cage containing two parrots. The message was obvious – why do so many of the public oppose the housing situation for the laying hens, but see no problem with the quality of life of the parrots?

Candace Croney, a Purdue University associate professor of animal behavior and well-being, recently addressed Nebraska producers about the role of ethics in current farm animal welfare debates.

“Looking at these two photos, many people see no problem with the level of inconsistency in their thought process,” she says. “People don’t like to look at what they’re doing in their own backyard. It’s much easier to tell someone else how they should be doing things. When we think about animal welfare, everyone has a different idea of what that means.”

Livestock producers and consumers agree they want food that’s safe, palatable, affordable and accessible. However, some consumers question the methods by which their food is produced. As a result, a gap is forming between rural and urban dwellers regarding animal welfare and its regulation.

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Animal welfare isn’t top of mind to most consumers, Croney says. “However, when negative things happen, or you have a negative story in the media regarding animal welfare, people’s attention is quickly drawn to the issue.

“Everyone agrees it’s our moral obligation to do right for the animals under our care,” Croney continues. “But, what does it mean to ‘do right’ by our animals? This is a big debate that animal rights activists have tapped into with the public, trying to force them to form an opinion on these issues. They’re also using their influence to impact policy regarding animal welfare.”

Animal welfare has different definitions to different people. For many, particularly producers, it’s providing good animal husbandry, and taking care of the physical needs of animals for food, water and shelter. However, others feel the biological and behavioral needs of the animal should also be considered.

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Animal activists are successfully influencing the consumer’s view of animal welfare by appealing to the core values people believe in, such as compassion, justice, fairness and freedom, she adds. Activists also highlight issues easily grasped by consumers, like housing, handling and pain; they then develop modest appeals for change by adopting a high moral ground or even using religion.

As an example, Croney points to farrowing crates to contain sows. “The activists say, ‘Can’t we give this pig just a little more room to turn around?’ That sounds completely reasonable, but the urban consumer doesn’t understand how a sow behaves. They don’t understand it’s not that easy. Their opinion is ‘What’s the problem? Just do it.’”

With a vast majority of U.S. consumers far removed from agricultural production, their main contact with animals is via pets, zoos and mass media. “More people are thinking about animals in human terms. We don’t see animal welfare conversations happening in developing countries where people are still struggling to put food on the table. In the U.S., the way many people think about their companion animals starts to color how they think food animals should be treated,” she says.

Reaching out to consumers

Animal agriculture needs to do a better job reaching consumers through Extension, outreach groups, teachers and education, she says.

“People not connected to the farm are interested in what happens on the farm. Even though producers are busy, they should take the time to open their doors and show others what they do, and why and how they do it,” she says.

Often, agriculture’s response on housing issues is that change isn’t really necessary, and then they go on to respond with food safety, nutrition, affordability, food access, and sometimes environmental stewardship explanations that don’t really address the question at hand, she says.

“We are being challenged on animal welfare, and responding with food safety, which just upsets the consumer. We need to address each issue instead of being like politicians at a political debate who give canned answers to issues they are challenged about,” she says. “When we do this, it makes consumers think there is a reason we are not answering the question.”

Rather, Croney recommends explaining to consumers that today’s food challenges require maximizing the use of land and space. “We also need to mention that it requires us to grow and finish a lot of animals quickly. In the case of sows, we need to show the public how they are fed, and that they are housed in a way to protect workers and other animals,” she says. “The attention span of the American public regarding these issues is about two minutes, so we need to develop a quick and effective way to address these concerns,” she says.

Croney adds that it is more expensive to ignore animal welfare issues than to address them. “If you don’t address these issues, you will get left behind and you can’t afford that. If there’s anything done on the farm that causes pain and can be filmed, be sure you can explain why it is necessary and what is being done to control that pain.”

And when something bad happens that has to do with animal welfare, producers should address that it was bad, she advises. “And be sure people understand you don’t do that and what you do instead to protect the welfare of your animals. Take the high moral ground.”

Most of all, Croney encourages producers to find their voice, and not let others, such as activists groups, speak for them.

“Make sure people know no one is more concerned about our animals than us, and that we are committed to their health and welfare,” she says. “Develop a statement committed to animal welfare, and put it out there where people will read it. Actions speak louder than words, but words can be very effective when people don’t know you or what you do.”

Spain: ‘Ouch !’ – Bullfighter is Gored By A Bull, Madrid – The Bull Did Not Survive.

Subject: bullfighter Fernando Cruz is gored by a bull
Spanish bullfighter Fernando Cruz is gored by a bull at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain.