England: Live Exports Part 2 – Campaigner (Hidden) Information – Now Exposed.

Photo – EoA

This second part on live animal transport is intended primarily to give EU campaigners (and others) an insight into what information is available; with the hope that you can further research and follow up with your own national authorities if you think necessary.  We also outline current work we are undertaking, which is still on going.

So lets get started

– we will try to be as helpful as we can on this.  All information is available via the web; but unless, (like us); you really need to get as much info as possible; this data remains hidden from campaigners and observers who may not know of its existence or the large amount of live animal transport info that exists in the ‘hidden depths’.

 

To start with, we will give links to videos made by friends at ‘AWF’, ‘TSB’ and ‘Eyes on Animals’ regarding their investigations into live EU animals being exported to Turkey; a non EU ‘Third Nation’.

Many visitors will find the videos extremely disturbing and upsetting.  They are; and for us also.  Unfortunately, they show the real, daily side of what the live animal export trade is about.  It happens everywhere around the globe; this is just one snapshot of what happens in one location every day.  The same can be said for many global locations all the time.  Despite the cruelty which is severe and obvious, this is what makes us, as campaigners, go on investigating.  We have to show the world the immense cruelty of the live trade, with the hope that people will act against it.

Video Links:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udReHkAumrY&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOVtq-M0-Is

 

In addition, and to supplement the videos relating to exports to Turkey, we also suggest that the excellent investigation report by EoA (NL) on the same subject is also read as further evidence of non compliance tor EU animals being transported by road.   The report can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/animalwelfare/Animal_transports_to_Turkey.pdf

EU Regulations on the live transport of animals.

 

An EU ‘Regulation’ – such as 1/2005 on the ‘protection of animals during transport’

A “regulation” is a binding legislative act. It must (supposedly) be applied in its entirety across the entire EU.

Source:  https://europa.eu/european-union/eu-law/legal-acts_en

 

The EU animal transport industry from some particular EU member states have routinely been shown to ignore the animal welfare requirements of Regulation 1/2005.  It is the norm that certain EU member states do not bother to apply them; and the EU Commission which is the called / supposed to be the ‘guardian of Treaty enforcement’ does nothing as a follow up, even when presented time and time again with evidence such as the videos and report detailed above.

If you wish to have a look at the full version of EU Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport, then here below is the link.  Note – The information is provided in several formats and all languages of (EU) member state nations. This may make it easier for EU citizens who do not use English as their prime language.

 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32005R0001  

The Guidelines Project – 2015 to 2018.

Animal Transport Guidelines Project

The European Commission, DG Sante project aims to improve animal welfare around transport. The project will develop and disseminate Guides to Good and Better Practice for animals transported within Europe and to third countries for slaughter, fattening and breeding. Guides will be developed for cattle, horses, pigs, poultry and sheep transport. The project started in May 2015 and will finish by the end of 2018.

The project is divided into 5 tasks:

  • Task 1: Collection

    Collect and collate appropriate best practices implemented and supported by scientific evidence

  • Task 2 and 3: Development

    Develop practical guidelines with those that will use it

  • Task 4: Dissemination

    Disseminate these guidelines through the networks of the main European stakeholder groups involved

  • Task 5: Verification

    To verify if the new transport guidelines reached the end-users

Web link – http://animaltransportguides.eu/about-the-project/

 

Also; something that is very hidden by the EU from anti export campaigners.   Now we expose very useful information.

Inspection reports from EU countries

Article 27 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport requires the Member States to submit an annual report to the Commission of their inspections of the transport of live animals and to provide an analysis of the major deficiencies detected and an action plan to address them.

Annual reports can be seen in the following link.  This site allows access to reports and analysis for the years 2007 through to 2015.  As the Animal Transport Guidelines Project started in 2015 and is due to finish in 2018; we can only assume that this is why there is no information available for years 2016 and 2017.

If you select any year via the following link, you should then click on the year of interest.

Lets say we are interested in 2015.

So the first thing we do is use the following link to access all the years:

Web link – https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/practice/transport/inspection-reports_en

 

Next, we then (for example) click on the year of interest; which in our case is 2015.

 

The year then automatically breaks into 2 sections – namely ‘Report’ and ‘Analysis’.

If you click on the word ‘Report’; you then get automatically directed to pdf for each member state of the EU.

Lets take ‘Bulgaria’ for example; as live EU animals going to Turkey are exported via Bulgaria.

So we click on the link for the pdf file associated for Bulgaria; and we get information as shown in the following link.  This data is usually provided in a tabulated form and shows things like:

  • The animal type when inspected

  • The number of inspections undertaken within Bulgaria

  • The number of animals inspected

  • The number of non compliances with the Regulation (1/2005).

Our example for Bulgaria can be viewed via this link:

https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/aw_transport-inspection_2015_report_bg_en.pdf

 

Once we have reviewed this and got the information we need, we can then go back to the main year guide:

Web link – https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/practice/transport/inspection-reports_en

Now we can click on ‘Analysis’ rather than ‘report’ to see what the analysis for Bulgaria shows.

For ease, here is the 2015 ‘Analysis’ link for Bulgaria:

https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/aw_transport-inspection_2015_analysis_bg_en.pdf

This provides us with information relating to an analysis for the animal transport situation for Bulgaria in 2015.  Lots of useful and very hidden information !

 

Important – as we have said, this type of information is available using the links provided for EVERY member state of the EU; and for the years for 2007 through 2015.  The information in the reports and analysis may prove to be very useful to many campaign groups involved with fighting the live animal trade in their (EU) country.

SAV Comment

As we said at the start, this information and ways of getting through it are guides which we hope will allow any anti export campaigner within the EU to find out a lot more about the live transport situation in ‘their’ nation, and other EU states for years 2007 through 2015.

I hope this normally hidden data is now exposed for many more campaigners to see and use.  There is nothing secret or hidden about this; it is available on ‘normal’ web sites; you just have to know where to go and how to get the info you want.

I hope and trust this data can be used by many to fight the disgusting trade of our day – live animal exports.

Happy info gathering and happy campaigning !

Regards Mark.

For all animals suffering in unnecessary transport.

On the Hook, not the Hoof.

 

 

 

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