Animal protection organization, Animals’ Angels, is contacting Federal Agriculture Minister Cem Ozdemir this week. She called for a national ban on the export of animals to high-risk countries where there are no safeguards for animal welfare. Animal Angels has been documenting animal exports from the European Union to North Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East for years. Their on-site reports show disastrous conditions in which animals are not only transported, but also sold and slaughtered in local markets. Among them are also German “dairy” cows.
In March 2022, Animal Angels will be in local markets and slaughterhouses in Morocco. The results of the mission are again worrying: the situation on the ground remains catastrophic. There is a lack of infrastructure, necessary expertise and compassion for animals.
Sick, injured and completely emaciated animals are sold in the markets, loaded and transported. Cattle are tied together by their horns and legs and exposed to the chaotic activity of the market for several hours. In order to make them compatible, they are beaten blindfolded on completely unsuitable transport vehicles or taken to the slaughterhouse. Treating animals is brutal. According to German and European law, it will be classified as animal cruelty.
In March 2022, Animals Angels encountered German ‘dairy’ cows again under these conditions, which were extremely detrimental to animal welfare. Like Adele, the Holstein cow is black and white from Lower Saxony. It was exported to Morocco in February 2019, where Animal Angels discovered it three years later in a slaughterhouse near Rabat. It’s early in the morning and it’s still dark outside. In the slaughterhouse, the lighting is poor and workers use extra headlights during slaughter. Filled with fear, Adele tries to orient herself. She was blindfolded with a plastic bag and taken to the slaughterhouse. There her hind leg was pulled on a rope. She tries to hold herself with her front legs until she finally falls on her side. Desperately trying to get up, she hit her head on the bloodstained floor – her eyes still blindfolded. Fully conscious, her throat was cut with four cuts.
Adele’s fate is not an isolated example, but a sad everyday life in Morocco. As a member of the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), Morocco has committed to implementing international minimum standards for animal welfare, but in practice animal welfare has not played a domestic role. There is still no national animal welfare law. Official animal welfare controls over the keeping, transportation, and slaughter of “livestock” animals simply do not occur. Most slaughterhouses in the state do not even have official approval.
Despite its known and glaring animal welfare problems, Germany exports “breeding” cattle to Morocco – according to Eurostat, their number has exceeded 11,200 between 2020 and 2021 alone.
“The European Union, and above all Germany, must defend their moral convictions rather than repeatedly subjugate them to economic interests,” says Helena Bauer, Head of Operations at Animals Angels. “It is well known what can happen to the animals at the site – but Germany continues to send its animals to countries where even a minimum protection can not be guaranteed. Morocco is just one example among many. How many documents and eyewitness reports of the still are needed? Torturing animals before the politicians take final action and impose an export ban?”
Legal reports confirm that export bans are not only legally possible, but also required by EU and constitutional law. The Federal Council also announced “more necessary measures to protect farm animals exported to third countries from treatments that conflict with animal welfare even after the transfer is completed.” Then the Committee on Agricultural Policy and Consumer Protection spoke in favor of a similar ban on transport in high-risk countries outside the European Union. At the Conference of Ministers of Agriculture in early April 2022, the federal states again called on the federal government to implement a national export ban for some non-EU countries.
In a letter with extensive documentation of German and European cows found in Morocco in March 2022, Animal Angels called on the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Cem Ozdemir, to take action. It is too late to ban the export of live animals in countries that do not have animal welfare guarantees.
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