Please Watch This …..



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…. and see just how bloody incompetent and useless the entire EU system is.

YouTube link to the same video – 

If you wish to send this post link (which includes the video) or a YouTube copy of the video (link above) directly to your national MEP’s, then please use the following link –

– select ‘your’ country and then click to find out who all the MEP’s are.


Thank god for Brexit – hopefully just the start if this is the ‘caring’ EU that they claim to be !!!!

With caring like this, is it any wonder we gripe at these dead beats ?


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 Why do we need these in the EU if they are incapable of doing anything ?

Just money for ?? – watching what goes on – we do the same to a degree but we don’t get paid !!



NL: The Situation In Turkey Gets No Better – In Fact Even Worse. Blame Mr Van Goethem And His In Effective Team At The EU.

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Dear industry stakeholders involved in the trade of live animals from Europe to Turkey,

For the past six years,

Animal Welfare Foundation, Eyes on Animals, Tierschutzbund Zürich, Compassion in World Farming and Animals´Angels

have been complaining to the EU Commission and the Member State officials about continuous breaches of Regulation (EC) 1/2005 during transports from the EU to Turkey committed by industry stakeholders.

Our experience has sadly shown that too many officials are incompetent- either by ignorance or naivity or lack of motivation. They are approving live-animal export consignments to Turkey whereby the animals are overcrowded, some of the animals are unfit (too pregnant, too weak…) and the journey log is completely bogus (no reserved booking at a control post to guarantee offloading, unrealistic journey times, accepting false control post names such as Kapikule or Svilengrad, claiming temperatures within the max EU range…).

This poses really bad competition for those of you trying to abide by the law and show more respect to the animals, and sets a very bad example to the cheating players in the industry (that they can get away and even profit from their bad attitude and actions).

A few transport companies cleaned up their act by getting rid of some inexperienced or lazy drivers and giving additional training and payment to the ones driving on this complicated route.  Some transport companies and organizations agreed to stop sending animals in July and August when the temperatures are known to be too high, but a couple have now taken back their word saying they need to stay in the competition because animal-exporters will just use other companies.

A few livestock-truck manufacturing companies have altered the designs to their water systems and partitions and access doors, to solve some of the problems we were seeing. But sadly we have heard very little from exporters, many of whom continue to send animals on this route, and pressure transporters to load high densities and even highly pregnant cows that end up giving birth on the trucks. And we hear very little back from transport companies that continuously create problems. Even despite us offering their drivers a training course.

But the point is that although we appreciate those of you that at least took some steps, not enough has been done.  Not being able to rely very much on authorities, we can only hope that you industry players will finally take the necessary action to put an end to all the horrible and unnecessary suffering and clean up your acts as much as possible.

Become aware of the problems, do not let cheating colleagues get away with it (open your mouths and police yourselves a bit better ).  As long as this trade is so ridden with so much suffering , cheating and incompetent people, we will continue to expose it to the media and call for a full suspension.

In late June 2016 our teams were again at the border, for one week and it was the worst we have documented to date. Many dead animals and pregnant heifers giving birth. On top of the usual suffering from heat stress and lack of sufficient water.

You can download our June 2016 report here:


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We would like to hear from you as to what steps you will take, within your company, to make a difference.

Urgent action is needed!

Yours sincerely, on behalf of Eyes on Animals and Tierschutzbund Zuerich|Animal Welfare Foundation,

Lesley Moffat

— Lesley Moffat, MSc Ethology Eyes on Animals – Director

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Above – the principal person failing to act – Bernard Van Goethem of the EU Commission;

– and yes, he claims to be a veterinarian !! – animal welfare and all that !

This below is what he considers to be ok and is failing to act on:



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We have sent a copy of this post to Mr Van Goethem

Your message

Sent: 05 September 2016 17:08:18 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

 was read on 05 September 2016 17:10:25 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris.

Like everything else with him, we expect no further action from the EU!




Serbia: Crisis At Shelter Felix – Support Needed – Please Help.

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SAV comment –  this situation shows yet again that the Serbian government and municipalities are not living up to what is required of them under Serbian law.  Thus they are not enforcing the ‘rule of law’ and so they are not suitable to be accepted into the EU, for which to become a member state, you have to show you are applying your own national legislations.

Will the EU consider this ? – who knows; does the EU care about animals in Serbia ? – certainly not if what we have seen for the last 11 years is anything to go by.  Will the EU continue to give money to Serbia for nothing in return ?? – probably.

Are EU citizens opinions and arguments listened to by the EU ? – certainly not; only Commissioners who do not represent the people are listened to.

The UK made the decision in June to leave the EU.  That is a certainty now  which has been made clear in the last few days by the British government.  At the end of Article 50 taking place, the UK will not be ruled by the un-elected masters of the EU.  Britain  will go it alone.  Already there are many signs that the UK is doing better post Brexit than it was when it was fully in the EU.

Other EU nations ? – well who knows.  Will they stay in the un-elected club or will their citizens have the guts to say ‘no’ and to get out ?

That friends is the question.

In the meantime, please help the cats at Shelter Felix with a donation if you can – thank you – SAV.




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It’s not only that we are seriously failing at raising the funds to cover the inevitable costs of the basic necessities of the large number of shelter cats, like we’ve been doing over and over again every month for ages, but it’s also turned out we have to fix (strengthen and renovate) the outdoor enclosure as soon as possible!

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The links of our chain link fence are way too wide to prevent kittens and tiny adult cats from escaping through the wire and the six bottle babies are exactly proving our point, now that they are big enough to be released into the yard. Over the last few days that they have been out of the house, they’ve already squeezed through the wire mesh a zillion times and instead of having fun in the yard, they spend their time walking on the top wire mesh and screaming as loud as they can. Fortunately, they don’t dare to come down, at least for now (good for them) but their new pastime is not perfect either. Needless to say how worried we are about their safety, but it’s senseless to keep them locked inside the house for another couple of years.

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Please donate as much as you possibly can!

For reasons unknown, the following link has not been working.  We have now replaced it and hope all is ok.  This is the same link as at the end –  please use this one (at the end) if you still get problems – SAV.

Without your support we won’t be able to carry on for much longer and the shelter will sadly have to be shut down.

After all of these years of hard work, rescuing and caring, after all the tears and joy, failures and victories, the shelter cats will end up on the street again and will never get another chance.

We’re heading towards disaster although we’re fighting to save them with all our might, but we can’t do much on our own and we’re begging all of you to help us.

If not now, then when?