Their journey can last several days exposing animals to exhaustion, dehydration, injuries, disease, and even death. Not even the old, the weak, the newly born are spared. Worn-out animals, weakened by years of production in confinement, with brittle or broken bones. Young calves unweaned, forced to stand, for hours and days, in crowded trucks, unfed, unrested. All undergo the same ordeal.
The situation is even worse when animals are transported outside the EU, where journeys last hundreds of hours without interruption and animals face brutal treatment upon arrival.
A 5 year investigation (2010-2015) carried out by Eyes on Animals and TSB/AWF, demonstrated 70% of the truck inspected at the Bulgarian border, which is a notorious exit door from the EU, were breaching the EU Transport Regulation. Their teams have found animals starving, without water into a truck parked in direct sunlight for 24 hours, sheep waiting for 5 days before continuing their journey and standing on carcasses of lambs that were trampled to death.
They also systematically find animals in terrible suffering, shipped alive on old vessels not conceived to transport livestock from infrastructures. With no veterinarian officer on board, sick, injured and dead animals are only found after days in destination countries. Not once, not twice, but routinely their teams have been confronted with and evidenced these shocking realities.
We call for transport of meat instead on transport of live animals. Remaining live animal transportation must be limited to 8 hours for mammals and 4 hours for poultry.