A Glimpse at Animal Transports!
Welcome to life of an animal, a product, an animal born with a price tag because there are many that need to get paid. First the breeder, then the transport to the slaughterhouse, then the slaughter and lastly the store where the consumer gets their meat. Most countries export their meat since their animal care is so extremely cruel that there is no market for them locally.
Yesterday I ran into a video from one of the biggest Animal Rights organizations in Sweden. A video that is not new to me because there is a Dutch Animal Rights organization that follow animal transports from the breeder to the slaughterhouse and has document the most inhumane treatment of animals.
These are EU countries where we have an EU law that promote Animal Care. The problem with EU is the free movement of goods. It is quite simple and there is no promotion at all within the agreement that animal care is a focus area. It states; The free movement of goods, the first of the four fundamental freedoms of the internal market, is secured through the elimination of customs duties and quantitative restrictions, and the prohibition of measures having an equivalent effect. The principles of mutual recognition, elimination of physical and technical barriers, and promotion of standardization were added in order to continue the completion of the internal market. This means that animals that leave EU should have stricter control but they don’t since EU has made deals with countries outside EU due to different legislations, i.e. the refugee agreement with Turkey.
The truth is out there, on the streets that you travel. If you see an animal transport, take some time and stop if possible, approach the animals, study them, look into their eyes. The animals are usually loaded onto trucks, as many as possible to save money on transportation costs. In addition, they are not watered nor fed and usually travel independent of weather. The also travel great distances, up to 4000 kilometers as a worst-case scenario. This is not a local problem, this is a global problem. The animals are suffering needlessly.
It is time to stand up for the animals, they have no rights, they have no voice, you are all they have. Don’t let them suffer, don’t let them be produced into a life of such cruelty.