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Dear donors and friends,

One of our long-term goals is to get the EU legislation protecting animals during transport properly enforced and offenders fined and/or prosecuted. To achieve this, we train police officers throughout Europe. Before NGOs like Eyes on Animals and TSB|AWF existed, most police officers didn’t know about the animal-welfare during transport legislation, leaving only official veterinarians to enforce it, whom are rarely on the highways or who do not have the authority to pull over a livestock truck.

In mid-June, Eyes on Animals and TSB|AWF were again training highway officials, this time with the ITD (Polish Road Inspectors) in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Following the theory part of our training course, we joined them on the roads and stopped every livestock truck that drove by, to check on the animals and to enforce the welfare laws.

One of the trucks was carrying chickens to a slaughterhouse. Some of the crates were broken and one bird was stuck on his back unable to upright himself. This often happens as they are too breast-heavy due to rapid growth and from being loaded roughly.

Imagine being thrown into a transport container and landing on your back without being able to upright yourself? Your neck is twisted at an awkward angle, whilst others walk over you, plus it is hot and you can barely breathe. Fortunately we were able to upright him and the police gave the driver a warning. Next time this company is stopped, they will have to pay a fine.
The impact our police training courses have on helping animals is not only obvious during the days when we hold them, but all year round.

During the recent heatwave, our colleagues from TSB|AWF (whom we run the police training program with) were trailing two calf trucks from Lithuania. While the trucks were driving through Poland, TSB|AWF noticed a calf’s’ leg sticking out from one of the trucks, they contacted the Polish road authorities who we had previously trained to ask them for help. They immediately came and pulled over both trucks.

What they found on board was a horror. The temperature inside the truck  was over 40 degrees Celsius with high humidity. Many calves were dead, others so dehydrated and overheated that they couldn’t stand up. The Polish road authority ordered the unloading of all animals. The calves drank over 2000 litres of water in the first two hours. This  case is now going to court.
Photos: TSB | AWF
People ask us why we give these training courses, surely this is the government’s responsibility? Yes, technically the member states government and the EU should make both the training mandatory and provide the courses, but this suffering is happening now, and the animals do not have time to wait for an ideal world where everything works smoothly, and decisions are made quickly and effectively by government.

That is why grassroot organizations like Eyes on Animals and TSB|AWF provide inspirational and motivating training courses to get the highway police involved. We need to do everything to get the law put into practice and give animals help now, because it is now that they need it. Watch a short video of our police trainings below.
Please consider donating so that we can continue to train the police. Thank you.
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