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elephants back to circus

On May 27, 2016, four abused elephants who were blind, chained, injured, and forced to perform illegally were rescued in Pune by your Government. For this action, we applaud your leadership and compassion.

Regretfully, I have just heard that the Precious Four elephants rescued from Rambo Circus have been ordered to go back and resume a life in chains. On behalf of these four elephants. I feel great outrage on this miscarriage of justice. These four elephants, who have survived decades of cruelty, were finally allowed a few weeks of freedom and peace after their rescue. For the first time they received veterinary care, baths, and nutritious food. Nothing could be more brutal and cruel than sending these elephants back to a life of misery and toil in the circus. For such cruelty to prevail in India — the land of ahimsa and compassion — would be seen as shameful internationally.

I implore you to use your authority under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and other relevant laws to take action on behalf of the Precious Four elephants. On behalf of Lord Ganesh, please show mercy.




Mr Van Goethem Resign Now !!


We had to include this flag just to show what a complete joke EU animal welfare is.

UPDATE 30/6/16 – – we have now had confirmation that our message asking Mr Van Goethem to resign has been received and read.  Will anything happen ? – most probably not; but until the useless EU steps up to the plate and takes action we will continue to hassle.

EoA June 3

Your message

   To: VAN GOETHEM Bernard (SANTE)
Subject: Resign now and dont let animals continue to suffer !
Sent: 29 June 2016 16:50:34 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

 was read on 30 June 2016 11:59:52 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris.

 EoA June 2

Your message

Subject: Resign now and dont let animals continue to suffer !
Sent: 29 June 2016 16:50:34 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

was read on 29 June 2016 16:51:27 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris.

EoA  June 1


Below you will find a typical useless EU example of why many people in the UK decided to leave the EU.  Bernard Van Goethem and the others are people who in reality do nothing, whilst at the same time preach the rules of EU Regulation 1/2005 on the welfare of animals in transport.  All the time animals suffer whilst these incompetents are in charge.

We call on Mr Van Goethem to resign from his pathetic no action position immediately.

You can send a copy of this post directly to him at  

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Dear Bernard van Goethem, and for the attention of director general of SANTE Mr. Xavier Prats Monne,

Since 2010 we have been sending detailed reports, photos and videos to the Commission of our observations of livestock consignments coming from throughout the EU and trying to enter Turkey and warning that this route is a mess.

EoA June 1

On June 3rd 2016, roughly one month ago, York Ditfurth, Director of TSB|AWF and myself, Director of Eyes on Animals, met with you and your team in Brussels to again explicitly ask for your help to do everything in your capacity to put an end to the on-going non-compliance and suffering of animals on this route.

As you knew, the only control post in Bulgaria was again closed, this time due to Lumpy Skin disease and the one in Romania would be full. We informed you of the frustration officials from Member States felt, not receiving clear and prompt instructions from the EU Commission on what action they could and should take. You promised to improve and increase communication with the Member States to instruct them on what to do to avoid any crisis again this summer.

EoA June 2

For the past week Eyes on Animals and TSB|AWF have been at the Kapitain Andreevo (BG)/Kapikule (TR) border. We are still there now. Since arriving on June 23rd there has not been a moment of rest. The situation is the worst it has ever been. Just yesterday 55 EU animal trucks passed the Bulgarian Exit Post. Four pregnant heifers from Germany have already given birth on board the trucks and many animals from different origins are dead inside the trucks. We have seen several journey logs with this scribbled on them, in Bulgarian:

  “Journey time exceeded! Planning not adhered to! Due to the complicated epizootic situation in Bulgaria, the animals continue the journey in accordance with art. 23 of Reg. 1/2005.”

EoA June 3

It is totally unacceptable for the Bulgarian authorities to ignore breaches of 1/2005 that have taken place and that will probably  take place once the animals leave the EU by relying on Article 23 on a regular basis.

Article 23 is designed to deal with emergencies; Article 23.2(d) should not be used to regularly allow non-complaint consignments to continue to their destination in Turkey.

EoA June 4

 It is impossible to comply with 1/2005 at the border.  Article 3(a) provides that all necessary arrangements must be made “in advance to minimise the length of the journey and meet animals’ needs during the journey”.  Article 3(f) provides that the transport must be “carried out without delay to the place of destination and the welfare conditions of the animals [must be] regularly checked and appropriately maintained”.  Article 22.2 provides that “If any consignment of animals has to be detained during transport for more than two hours, the competent authority shall ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for the care of the animals and, where necessary, their feeding, watering, unloading and accommodation.”  As it is impossible to comply with these provisions Member States of departure should not  at  this stage approve journey logs for export to Turkey.

We politely insist that you take immediate personal contact with the Bulgarian authorities so that, as of immediately, no more EU livestock trucks are allowed to exit the EU at this border crossing, leaving the animals to a horrendous fate beyond the EU control.

EoA June 5

The letter you sent out only yesterday to the CVOs is sadly too late, and we are worried that the bureaucracy of leaving communication of such an important nature to emails will result in more delay to get any significant changes in the field now.  This route cannot handle the volume of animals, and the temperatures are soaring and the infrastucture lacking.

I would like to request a response at your earliest convenience,

Lesley Moffat

Lesley Moffat, MSc Ethology Eyes on Animals – Director


Previous SAV posts associated with this:


Video link showing what Mr Van Goethem is allowing to happen, and what he has turned a blind eye to for over 5 years now:

Mr Van Goethem you are failing in your official duties and causing immense animal suffering;

RESIGN NOW and put someone in a position where they will and undertake actions that you will not.

Regulation 1/2005 on the welfare of animals in transport

–  a complete and utter joke.