UK: Campaigners From Over 25 Nations Work Together Today (13/9/17) To End Live Animal Exports.

SAV Comment – This very morning we have had to sit and endure Junker telling the EU Parliament how the UK is going to suffer when it leaves the EU (Brexit).  This is from ‘Mr EU’ – the official EU clown who has ‘EU Regulations’ on paper but does nothing to ensure that they are actually enforced.  He has help with the non enforcement of the regulations from others in his circle like Mr Van Goethem – or Mr  “I can do nothing” as he is much better known throughout the EU.  He and Junker make a fine pair – BOTH useless to the very end.  If and When other nations in the EU have the guts to follow the UK lead and exit the Union, then they can take back their own legislative control and start enforcing their own new national laws to stop live animal transport.

Above – Mr Junker and Mr Van Goethem – two useless EU peas from the same pod.  




Photo – VC.

 This morning, people around the world are uniting around a single idea; an end to the long distance transport of animals. Campaigners from at least 25 countries are taking action; from Australia, to the USA, to Israel this truly is a global movement to end the cruelty of the live transport trade.

We’re thrilled that so many Compassion supporters in the UK are staging events today or at the weekend. It isn’t too late to join an event but, if you can’t be with us in person, you can still make your voice count.


Take Action:

UK Environment Secretary, Michael Gove has suggested that Britain may end the cruel UK live export trade after Brexit.

Please email him today, welcoming this suggestion and urging him to act.

Now is the time

Compassion’s investigators have just arrived back from the Turkish/Bulgarian border, where they have been documenting the condition of animals in transit. What they found was shocking and appalling, but sadly not surprising.

Time and again we see evidence that animals suffer during long distance transport, but nothing is done. Brexit gives the British government an opportunity to take a stand. We must ensure the global trade in animals for fattening or slaughter is dismantled, a UK ban would be a historic first step.

Let’s make 13th September 2017 the date when the public stood against the cruel live export trade. 

Each year the EU exports over two million cattle and sheep to the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa. Packed into overcrowded trucks the animals are sent on long road journeys to Turkey or sea ports in southern Europe. From the port they are shipped to the Middle East and North Africa.

In the Summer 2017 Compassion In World Farming investigators went to the Turkish/Bulgarian border to document the conditions for animals being transported out of the EU. They found devastating suffering.

Read the investigator’s account here.

You can find our briefing on EU live exports here.

Investigations into slaughter in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa have shown that animals are subjected to extremely rough handling and inhumane, incompetent slaughter while they are fully conscious.

These slaughter practices are in breach of the international standards on welfare at slaughter of the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health). The long journeys often breach a judgment of the European Court of Justice. The Court ruled that EU law on welfare during transport applies even once a live export truck or ship leaves the EU – it applies right through to the destination in the importing country.

But the European Commission and the traders often ignore this ruling.

This cruel trade is also in breach of the EU Treaty. Article 13 recognises animals as “sentient beings” and requires the Commission and the Member States to pay “full regard” to welfare in formulating agriculture and transport policy. Sending animals on very long journeys to countries where they may be slaughtered with immense brutality is not paying full regard to their welfare.

Please call on the Commission to take action to stop the export of live animals from the EU to non-EU countries. Email the head of the European Commission, Mr Juncker, and the Commissioners for Trade and Agriculture and Rural Development. Tell them that the trade in live animals leaving the EU must stop.

Investigating Live Transport

Our courageous investigators spent 10 days at the Bulgarian/Turkish border in August 2017, documenting the conditions of the animals passing through. Please note, this account contains images and information which some may find distressing.

During the ten days, our investigators witnessed huge volumes of animals passing through the border. In temperatures above 30°, the animals were suffering from poor health. This was a result of the filthy and dangerous conditions on the trucks; the complete disregard for laws; and the apathy of those who were supposed to protect them.

Our investigators were able to provide us with a wealth of information, which we have passed to the authorities involved. Along with other animal welfare organisations we are making a concerted effort to get the European Commission to take action to end long distance transport of live animals.

A gruelling journey

Before the cattle and sheep had even reached the border, they had already endured gruelling journeys, measured in days rather than hours1.

Our investigators witnessed trucks loaded with sheep or cows, several tiers high. The ceilings of each tier were so low that they touched the animals’ backs2. Not only does this mean that they could not raise their heads adequately, but it left the animals uncomfortably trapped, unable to see clearly, and made it harder for them to maintain their balance.

In the middle of August, in southern Europe, the outside temperature was already high. Inside the trucks – many with broken ventilation systems – with animals pressed in on all sides, the temperature reached in excess of 35°C3.

Often the watering systems were not functioning, leaving animals dehydrated in the unbearable heat. Even when the watering systems were working, not all animals were able to access them due to the cramped conditions4.

The animals were not just at risk of injury from being crushed or walked upon by others. Some of the trucks had partitions with dangerous gaps in which the animals’ legs could become trapped. Others had sharp edges which could inflict nasty cuts on the animals unfortunate enough to fall into or be pressed against them5.

Many of the vehicles had no straw or other bedding materials provided for the animals. The animals were forced to lie in a deep layer of faeces and urine on the hard floors of the truck. Where bedding was used, it was often sparse, sodden, and filthy6.

From the dreadful conditions the animals were forced to endure, it was no surprise, but still deeply upsetting, to find some animals underweight, and others coughing and showing signs of injury and illness7. On some trucks, animals had died8, and those still alive were unable to avoid the decomposing bodies of their dead companions.

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