England / Netherlands: Gripes About Live Animal Transport – And An Excellent New Video Sent By Lesley.


As many of you will be aware, live animal transport is still probably our greatest campaign – you can read a bit more about our history in this field at ‘About Us’ – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  and which shows that live animal transport investigations were being undertaken at least 15 years before SAV was even founded !

The EU has a lot of legislation supposedly to protect the welfare of animals in transport.  The main regulation is 1/2005 – which SHOULD be enforced by all member states of the EU. 

Here is a link to the regulation (1/2005) to show just how detailed things should be; and which we have to know fully when undertaking animal transport investigation work.


http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32005R0001  – you can select language and style of presentation using this link.


We have recently shown that the EU fails miserably to enforce regulations which should protect animals in transport.  Here are links to just a few of our recent posts which show where the EU is failing the animals:








Our good friend Lesley at ‘Eyes on Animals’ in the Netherlands has produced an excellent and very detailed presentation video relating to Regulation 1/2005 and how the EU is failing animals by not enforcing the legislation.

Here below you can read Lesley’s into to the video, and then have a look for yourself.

As we have said, the Regulation is very detailed and this is borne out by the length of this video.  Over the years we have made contact with the EU very many times relating to live animal transport.  The importance of access to livestock being carried is one of the most important factors when carrying live animals.

This is summarised by a report produced by Lesley on the importance of access during transport – you can read it via this link:  https://serbiananimalsvoice.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/downloads_eyes_on_animals_report_importance_of_access.pdf 


Associated links:



trailer 6 sept 1

Regards Mark.




Dear EU and Member State authorities, highway police, livestock-transport companies and livestock-truck manufacturers and fellow colleagues of animal-welfare NGOs,

During our inspections of livestock-trucks we are often confronted with vehicles that have received a Certificate of Approval of Means of Transport by Road of Live Animals but that in reality are not appropriate. Sometimes the water system on board is not the correct design for the specie and age of the animals on board and yet this limitation is not indicated on the Certificate.  For example, we continue to see adult cattle transport in livestock trucks with only metal nipples.  Cattle needs large and deep troughs in the corners. This may seem like a small mistake, but as the Certificate is valid for 5 years, it results in many cattle suffering from thirst during transport and some even dying.

We also continue to see partitions that are poorly designed and cause animal injuries, such as when they are not solid to the ground. In the gap we find sheep, calves, adult cattle trapped underneath and as a consequence many become trampled to death. It is a horrible sight to see.

The good news is that these problems can easily be solved if the livestock trucks are correctly checked before handing out the certificate of approval. Design adjustments can be made on time, or limitations can be indicated in the Certificate of Approval, before live animals are loaded!

For this reason Eyes on Animals was invited by the Dutch authorities at the NVWA to give a presentation  on this topic a few months ago.  We gave this “course” together with our colleagues from TSB|AWF and it was a successful and also positive day.

I am writing to you now because Dr. Tea Dronjic and I have now made a video of this educational course so that everyone can watch it via youtube.

Please take a look and feel free to pass it on to any colleagues that could also benefit from watching it:

Watch the new video here:


Should you have any questions, or should you wish to have us come in person to also give a live presentation to you and colleagues, do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

Lesley Moffat