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Dear Friends and Donors,
 
Calves are imported from Ireland to fatten them here in The Netherlands in barren and small pens. Dutch piglets with an abnormality, such as an abscess or a bitten ear, are collected and transported to slaughterhouses in France, Croatia and Spain. We send pregnant cattle from the Netherlands to Africa and Dutch spent hens are slaughtered in Belgium or all the way in Poland.

The dragging around of live animals knows no bounds. They travel all over the world. And so do we. We are happy to share a number of concrete results of our work with you.
Stricter animal-welfare rules applied to Irish calf exporters
The Irish Minister of Agriculture has announced a tightening of the rules concerning the export of calves to the Netherlands and elsewhere. For example, more unannounced inspections will be carried out, veterinarians will sometimes go along with shipments from Ireland to the mainland and measures will be taken to prevent that animals be overcrowded on board, their feeding and resting breaks too short or the animals treated roughly at the control posts. The tightening of the rules is a direct result of our inspection last year when we, together with L214, trailed calves from Ireland via France to the Netherlands and exposed everywhere in the media that the young animals were being handled very badly. Read more >>
Piglet slaughterhouse to be improved
During our visit to a piglet slaughterhouse in the Netherlands, we noted various animal welfare problems. The stunning was not performed properly and sick and crippled piglets were accepted and moved through the slaughter process. We had given the slaughterhouse manager several opportunities to work with us to improve welfare and find solutions to the problems however, despite repeated polite offers, the manager continually refused this. We therefore sent our report to the Dutch authorities. This has led to stricter supervision and various improvement measures.
 EonA starts training the French highway police
In collaboration with Welfarm and Animals Angels, Eyes on Animals has started giving animal welfare training courses to the highway police in France. France is an important country as it slaughters, imports and exports huge numbers of animals. By training the gendarmes, we ensure that these animal trucks are better checked and more frequently. Two police brigades have already been trained. Lees meer >>
Improvements in Ghanaian pig slaughterhouse
Last October we started with a number of important animal welfare improvements in a pig slaughterhouse in Kumasi (Ghana). Last week we financed our Ghanaian partner organization WACPAW to return to the slaughterhouse to monitor progress and provide follow-up advice.

Good news: the employees were busy with the recommended improvements, including the adjustment of the raceway and the restraint box so that the handling can be calmer. The pigs were also seen being stunned using the captive bolt pistol we donated to them last time. So finally, it looks like we put an end to their bad habit of clubbing the pigs to death with metal pipes.
 International media-attention for inspections EonA
Our work does not stay unnoticed. This week Eyes on Animals work was mentioned in two important articles in The Guardian newspaper about animal export and welfare problems during transport and slaughter abroad. Dutch media also reported on our success of helping two major egg companies, Rondeel and Kipster, to switch to a more humane way of catching birds for transport. Please read them below.

The Guardian – Live export – animals at risk in giant global industry
The Guardian – It would be kinder to shoot them: Ireland’s calves set for live export  
Foodlog – Eggs from supermarkets AH and Lidl are given compliments by Eyes on Animals (only available in Dutch)
We can do all this because of your loyal support. Many thanks!
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Sincerely,
 
The Eyes on Animals team






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