Stop Neglect and Abuse of Animals During Transport in Europe

Target: Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

Goal: Crack down on the abuse and neglect rampant in the European live animal trade.

Concerns about animal welfare have risen after a recent investigation into the treatment of live animals exported from the E.U. into other countries. The investigation, which focused on animals crossing over the Turkish border, found that animals were being left in extreme weather conditions, sometimes without food or water for days at a time. It found that most of the animals suffered from health issues, including including respiratory problems, eye conditions, and exhaustion or dehydration.

Exports of cattle and sheep from Europe to non-E.U. countries such as Turkey, with lower animal welfare standards, have increased dramatically in the past five years. While European welfare regulations are still supposed to be followed until the animals reach their destination, the investigation has revealed widespread skirting of welfare laws.

Some animals die during transport — a bull was found dead on the top deck of a transporter on the Turkish border as the truck’s driver was waiting to collect customs papers. In another case where 500 sheep were held up at the border for four days in extreme heat and without water, at least one of the animals was found dead at the destination.

Unfortunately, this investigation has revealed that neglect and abuse in the live animal transport industry is rampant. In order to stop this, oversight of the industry must be increased aggressively. Sign the petition below to demand that the E.U. crack down on the cruelty rampant in animal transportation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Juncker,

An investigation into the European live animal export trade has revealed widespread abuse and neglect. Many animals were found to be suffering in inhumane conditions, with ailments such as infections, injuries, dehydration, exhaustion, and more. Some animals were even found dead after being stuck for days in extreme heat without access to food or water. Investigators allege that while European transport standards are to be upheld for the entire transport period, many drivers will not follow them after they have crossed out of Europe.

These revelations are shocking and must be addressed immediately. We, the undersigned, demand increased oversight and regulation of the live animal export industry.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Milagros Montone

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11 Comments

  1. Barton Dixon says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

  2. All this suffering, what we do for money. It’s disgusting.
    As a society we need to come to realize that animals are as much as alive as any of us and therefore should be treated with respect and dignity. This is the only way we will better ourselves.

  3. when is this horrible torture of animals going to stop what the hell is wrong with human race to do this to animals they shouldn’t even be transported to these horrible countries

  4. Elizabeth Sargeant says:

    Not signing this petition. Live animal transportation needs to be banned, end of!!

  5. MUST END THE CRUEL SHIPPING OF GREAT ANIMALS TO EVEN CRUEL DEATHS IN THE END NOW. BAN ALL LIVE EXPORT NOW.

  6. People globally are OUTRAGED. This is disgusting!

  7. LIVE EXPORTS HAVE TO BE BANNED IN EVERY COUNTRY, IT IS EXTREAM CRUELTY AND ABUSE AND THERE IS NO REASON FOR LIVE EXPORTS, THIS IS THE WHOLE REASON I HAVE BECOME A VEGETARIAN, PLEASE BAN LIVE EXPORTS NOW.

  8. Not signing petition. All Live Animal Transaportation should be banned NOW!

  9. LIVE EXPORTS HAVE TO BE BANNED IN ALL COUNTRIES IT IS VERY CRUEL AND THERE IS NO REASON FOR LIVE EXPORTS, PLEASE BAN LIVE EXPORTS IN ALL COUNTRIES NOW.

  10. Bunch nasty lot. Look how they treat their own folk think they’re going to be aw wishy Wally over poor wee creatures they’re going to eat

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