All Photos – EoA / AWF.
We have campaigned against live exports from (South East) English ports for the last 25+ years – see some of our ‘past history events’ via the following link.
UK live exports have virtually stopped completely as a result of many years dedicated campaigning. It is now only the Dutch who come to the UK and export live UK animals to Europe. The Brits have had a long hatred for live animal exports – see here what we mean:
More than 5 years of evidence gathering, and presentation to the EU.
What have they done ? – Nothing, that’s what. Animals in transport continue to suffer the worst nightmare –
watch the video below to see what we mean.
Following on from all of our recent work and posts relating to the terrible conditions which EU animals are having to endure en route to Turkey, as filmed by Lesley and the crew at Eyes on Animals in the Netherlands – http://www.eyesonanimals.com/ we have now started a petition to get it stopped. The petition link is given directly below.
Please sign and also pass on to all your contacts – we want to make an impact with this petition and make the EU Commissioners who are responsible for allowing this animal abuse to happen accountable to the citizens of Europe and the rest of the world.
Petition link –
Look at the video below and see what exactly we are petitioning about:
Video link –
Petition wording –
To: Vytenis Andriukaitis EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety and Phil Hogan EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
Firstly, please watch the video showing how EU animals continue to suffer at the Turkish border; and have done in this way for at least the last 5 years.
Live EU animals are very regularly exported from EU member states to Turkey, a non EU state. EU citizens are continually alarmed by the clear and obvious breaches of regulations by some EU member states to protect the welfare of animals during long distance transport.
The so called EU Regulation 1/2005 on the alleged ‘protection of animals during transport’ is a complete and utter joke for which we hold you responsible. It is never enforced as the attached video taken at the Turkish border clearly shows.
You are failing animals of the EU. The EU should commit itself to immediately ending live animal exports from the EU; especially as (EU) animal welfare organisations continue to provide clear evidence of welfare breaches which you personally constantly ignore.
If animals are to be slaughtered for meat, then it should be undertaken within the EU to standards enforced by the EU rather than by third world nations such as Turkey who do not care about animal welfare or suffering at slaughter.
As global citizens concerned for the welfare of animals, we ask that the EU introduces an immediate ban on all live animal exports to third countries, including Turkey.
Your inaction and continual excuses for non action are yet more reasons why the UK has a referendum to leave the EU in June 2016. Other nations such as the Netherlands will follow in a similar manner very soon. If you continue to disregard all the evidence that is presented to you of the suffering of animals in transport; the EU will eventually disintegrate; and the only people to blame are Commissioners such as yourselves who have been provided with the continual evidence of cruelty and suffering for years, and yet still constantly ignore it.
You are not Commissioners, you are simply people that formally approve animal abuse and suffering and to support this, invent phrases about legislation to circumnavigate the reality of animal suffering!
The EU wants no animal suffering; not Commissioners such as yourselves who turn the other way when it happens !
Photo – Eyes on Animals / AWF.
Link to the europa website of : Vytenis Andriukaitis – http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/andriukaitis_en
Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200
1049 1049 Brussels
Team page link – http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/andriukaitis/team_en
Link to the europa website of : Phil Hogan –
Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200
1049 1049 Brussels
Team page link – http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/hogan/team_en
Article 13 of the Treaty of Lisbon
With the support and close co-operation of the Member States, the European Commission has been promoting animal welfare for over 40 years. A step in 1998 was Council Directive 98/58/EC on the protection of animals kept for farming purposes which gave general rules for the protection of animals of all species kept for the production of food, wool, skin or fur or for other farming purposes, including fish, reptiles or amphibians.
These rules are based on the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes(214 kB) and they reflect the so-called ‘Five Freedoms’:
Freedom from hunger and thirst
Freedom from discomfort
Freedom from pain, injury and disease
Freedom to express normal behaviour
Freedom from fear and distress
When the Lisbon Treaty came into force in 2009 it amended the ‘Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union’ (TFEU) and introduced the recognition that animals are sentient beings.
Article 13 of Title II states that:
“In formulating and implementing the Union’s agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals, while respecting the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of the Member States relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage.”
National governments may adopt more stringent rules provided they are compatible with the provisions of the Treaty but Community legislation concerning the welfare conditions of farm animals lays down minimum standards.
Doomed Europe ? – maybe citizens are fed up with self righteous Commissioners who do not actually do anything the man in the street wants, except for feathering their own political nest ! – see below.