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.



2 Responses

  1. Humans are frugivores, need not factory farms , need not kill pigs , need not transport them to the slaughterhouses.At last humans meat-consumers are dying by cancers and cardiovacular and brain diseases, and at the same time millions are dying by hunger.

  2. It is time for decisions and justice.

    Why are there animal transport?

    Because the EU gives subsidies to the agricultural industry.
    That industry, which is nothing more than the killing machine of the “utility” animals, tries to maximize it profits with the life, with the blood and the suffering of these animals. Hand to Hand endeavor EU and meat industry the maximum profit at the expense of the animals.

    Why does EU allow such animal transport?

    Because animals are seen as a commodity.
    They are held and fattened where feed and labor costs are cheapest.
    Therefore piglets are born in Holland, fattened in Spain and slaughtered in Italy.
    And if they are transported as potato sacks in the trucks to the cheapest slaughterhouse over a thousand kilometers, all this does not interest the European Union and the Meat Mafia.
    It is just about reaching the highest profits with the suffering of the animals and their death.
    It’s all about money.

    How many animals are transported per year?

    Across Europe about 2,438,306,132 “slaughter” animals are transported.
    The most farm animals are transported either by truck or by ship.
    The ridiculous EU regulations for animal welfare can practically not be respected.
    The clock is ticking, the goods must be delivered on time.
    There are as good as no breaks for the animals. Only for the driver.
    They suffer from cold or heat, in their feces and urine, they get injuries, they bleed, they cry, but because there are usually no control, then they suffer in their mobile graves and many even die there.
    There is no limit in the transport of animals.
    They last between 35 hours and 7 days or more.

    What can we do?

    We need to stop eating meat.
    We must stop cooperating with the bloody meat mafia.
    We have to stop cooperating with the death and the suffering of the animals.
    We need to abolish the hell of animals in the farms, in the transport of animals and in the slaughterhouses.
    Eating no meat is a political act and a hard blow against the barons of the EU and the meat mafia.
    It is time for decisions and for justice.

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