Spain, Catalonia: pig farm of horrors

In our latest investigation, Animal Equality has brought to light distressing scenes from a “farm of horrors” located in Catalonia, Spain, where the highest concentration of intensive pig farms is located.

THE DETAILS: The investigation’s footage shows the farm’s non-compliance with Spanish regulations for the protection of pigs in the country, with evidence found of sanitation irregularities, animal abuse, and possible environmental crimes.

Our investigative team filmed:

-Pigs living amongst excrement, as well as eating food and drinking water contaminated with feces.

-Overcrowded living conditions that lacked natural stimuli, causing the pigs to stress and compelled them to bite each other’s tails and ears.

-Injured pigs, with some only able to crawl, while others who didn’t have the strength to move were left to die without veterinary attention.

-Pigs living with the rotting carcass of one of their companions, risking potential disease transmission to the rest of the animals.

The illegal dumping of slurry, which is a possible environmental crime.

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And I mean...In July 2020 the German Animal Welfare Office also documented the horror conditions in a pig farm in Germany, which is the supplier of the German pig baron Tönnies.

The video shows a similarly serious violation


The strategy of governments, vet offices, authorities, ministers … is always the same: first of all, close the farm until the public has calmed down.
Then it goes on as before.

Several such cases, like the one in Catalonia, were reported years ago in Germany, and everywhere the perpetrators were hardly or not at all molested by the authorities.

There will probably never be a trial in Catalonia, too. The perpetrators will live on without punishment and as innocent citizens.
And they will continue to torture animals.

And the stupid consumer still believes the jubilant nonsense that such crimes in factory farming are only “isolated cases”.

With the governments and all these amateurish EU officials with whom we are “blessed”, the worst crime in human history, the animal holocaust, will continue.

My best regards to all, Venus


London has its first vegan butcher – Great!

A sellout crowd lined up outside Rudy’s Vegan Butcher for the plant-based meat’ shop’s grand opening on World Vegan Day!

Hundreds of eager customers wrapped around the block, leaving them sold out a day after opening their doors! Rudy’s offers mouth-watering, plant-based barbecue staples and meatless charcuterie cuts of smoked ham, salami, pepperoni, and pastrami.

The London scene just got WAY more sustainable, and we’re so here for it!

📸 @rudysdvd via IG

And I mean…Wow! Who would have thought 30 years ago that they would still experience all of this … everyone thought… utopia!

The next step will follow, of that we are sure, and several branches of the vegan butcher shop will be opened across the UK.
Because demand determines the supply

My best regards to all, Venus


Spain: Cattle stranded at sea for two months are likely dead or ‘suffering hell’.

The cattle ship Karim Allah docked in Tarragona, Spain, 2020.

The cattle ship Karim Allah docked in Tarragona, Spain, 2020. Photograph: Animal Welfare Foundation/Tier Schutz Bund Zurich

WAV Comment – BIG thanks to ‘The Guardian’ (London) for sticking with, and reporting on this incident so very well over the last few months.  Click on our live export tag  Live Transport – World Animals Voice to read all the previous news from the Guardian (and more) about this most disgusting business in sentient beings.

Cattle stranded at sea for two months are likely dead or ‘suffering hell’ | Environment | The Guardian

Cattle stranded at sea for two months are likely dead or ‘suffering hell’

Two livestock ships have been refused entry to multiple countries on health grounds since leaving Spain in December

One of two livestock ships at sea since mid-December with thousands of cattle on board is now at the Spanish port of Cartagena, but the fate of its cargo is unclear.

The two vessels left from different ports in Spain before Christmas to deliver their cargoes of animals, but were each refused entry by various countries including Turkey and Libya, owing to suspected outbreaks onboard both ships of the bovine disease bluetongue.

Spain’s government and the country’s largest association of beef producers, Asoprovac, have both said the cattle came from areas free of bluetongue.

On Tuesday, the Spanish news agency EFE reported that although Turkey had originally agreed to take the cattle, satisfied they were bluetongue free, the animals were rejected on arrival because of disease fears.

A Spanish government source confirmed that the Karim Allah, carrying a reported 895 calves, was anchored just outside the Spanish port of Cartagena. The other ship, Elbeik, carrying 1,776 animals, continues to sit at anchor in Turkish waters off the coast of Cyprus.

Silvia Barquero, the director of Animal Equality Spain, said she understood that many animals were already dead and any still alive would be “suffering a real hell”.

Official veterinary inspections of both ships had been due to take place late last week in Cyprus and Sardinia, but neither ship approached shore to allow vets on board.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Spain’s agriculture ministry described the ships’ plight as a “failed operation by a Spanish exporter, who was going to sell the animals in Turkey, then tried unsuccessfully to sell them in Libya”. The spokesperson did not respond to questions about animal numbers, conditions on the ships or possible next steps.

The spokesperson added that the Karim Allah, “now arriving in Cartagena, left Spain with animals that had the corresponding health certificates and which were from areas free of bluetongue. The animals therefore left the port of Cartagena in good health.”

Last week, the ministry said the Elbeik, which left from the Spanish port of Tarragona, was also carrying cattle from bluetongue-free areas.

Maria Boada Saña, a vet with NGO Animal Welfare Foundation, said she feared that at least 100 animals on the Karim Allah were already dead.

“The Karim Allah arrived Sunday night at Cartagena, sailing away from a planned veterinary inspection Saturday morning in Sardinia,” she said.

She added that a Spanish agriculture ministry source said that although the ship was in Spanish waters, it had not yet requested entry to Cartagena port.

“That means we have no idea right now if animals are alive or dead,” said Boada Saña. “Other sources, though, have told me the Karim Allah has not asked for animal feed. To me, the way it sailed away from an inspection, the way it is waiting and not asking for food probably means most of the animals are dead.”

Dead animals would have to be removed from the ship by hoist and the operation could take at least a day, or much longer, depending on numbers, said Genoa-based lawyer Manuela Giacomini.

In a related development, a Spanish government source confirmed that Cartagena port had temporarily suspended the departure of livestock ships until the Karim Allah docks. The vessel continues to be anchored in front of the harbour and the decision to enter the port was up to the owner of the ship, the source added.

Prof Kristen Stilt, director of Harvard’s animal law and policy programme, who is writing a book about the transport of live animals, said it was an inherent risk with live transport that the animals would be rejected at their destination port.

Once labelled as rejected, Stilt said it was “very likely that no other country [would] accept them, as we are now seeing with the two vessels at sea with calves from Spain”.

Another problem for crew and livestock, she said, was the absence of an international arbiter that could assess claims of disease and make a binding determination. The result, she said, was “usually catastrophic in terms of loss of animal lives”.

Dutch MEP Anja Hazekamp said “the only way to stop animal cruelty related to animal transport” was to introduce a total ban on the export of live animals outside the EU.

“Both vessels concerned have EU certificate approvals, which means that they can load European animals and send them to third countries, such as Libya, Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia,” she said. “In total there are around 80 vessels with such a certificate.”

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Spain: Cartagena Port Suspends Exports of Livestock.

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Spain: Cartagena Port suspends exports of livestock following Bluetongue disease incident. – World Animals Voice