Pig Transporter Overturns. Lack Of Access Doors Lead To Deaths Of 150 Animals. As We Have Said Before, ‘Time For Change’.

We have worked with Lesley at EoA several times in the past to attempt to highlight to national and EU officials the importance of access doors which need to be fitted along the entire length of the transporter.

Here is on link to our past posts on this –


This crash in Germany supports our evidence yet again that vehicles are not now manufactured to a suitable standard for access to animals should an emergency like this arise.

On January 21st 2015 a Danish-platted livestock- truck with 420 pigs on board tipped over on the highway in northern Germany.

The truck was one of these “newer” models: completely closed sides with automatic ventilation. There were no proper access doors on the side or large openings. When the truck tipped over, the automatic ventilation system naturally stopped and inside it was pitch black. The pigs inside were in complete panic and due to the lack of air, began to suffocate.

The police had to call in the fire brigade to come as quickly as possible to drill holes in the side of the truck just to get air to the pigs trapped inside.

150 pigs died.

By-standers report that the pigs were really suffering inside. Accidents involving livestock trucks are always very unfortunate for the drivers and the animals, but in this case, the suffering was even more unbearable because these new models of trucks do not offer any access to them, and make them literally prisoners inside when something goes wrong.

Eyes on Animals has for years been warning the Member States that permit the manufacturing of such types of livestock trucks (mainly the Netherlands and Denmark) that this model does not fulfill the EC 1/2005 requirements which state that one must be able to access the animals on board and provide first aid as soon as possible and one must be able to easily inspect the animals on board.

We urge the phasing out of these sorts of “closed” trucks as soon as possible. To read our report on the importance of access during transport, click HERE.

To read German newspaper articles about this accident, please see HERE.



England: 25/2/16 – All UK MEP’s Now Supplied With Video Copy and Letter – SAV also Supplies Video and Letter To The European Parliament’s Press Service.


Stopping long distance lie animal transport is an issue that we feel very strongly about and have campaigned against for over 25 years.  See more about this in ‘About Us’ which is tabbed at the top of the page.

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25/2/16 update

As well as completing contact and supply of the EU / Turkish video to all of the UK MEP’s today, we have also sent copies of the video to the European Parliament’s Press Service, which comprises a team of press officers whose job it is to assist journalists and provide them with information on what is going on in Parliament. Each press officer specialises in a particular area, official language or member state, so as to ensure comprehensive coverage of all of Parliament’s activities and to provide information to journalists from all Member States.

The video or issue of non EU animal exports is not currently being discussed by Parliament, but we have made the Press Service aware of the UK referendum in June; which we know they will be interested in.  We have outlined that many UK voters will be influenced by the video.

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We have today (25/2/16) written to:

  • the Director for the Media and European Parliament Spokesman

  • the Head of Press Unit and Deputy Spokesperson

  • the Head of the Media Services Unit

And the 4 members of the Press Unit – Spokespersons Service

We flagged the message and have already had confirmation back from almost everyone that they have read the mail (which contains the video link).

We hope that even though the issue is not currently being discussed by the Parliament, the UK referendum and the release of the new video may work its way through to some EU journalists.

EoA Turkish slaughterhouse Dec 13

Above – A Turkish Slaughterhouse.

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