22.02.2012 – 25.02.2012 | France | Cherbourg

Animals Angels observes cattle transports from Ireland to the European mainland via the French port of Cherbourg. For more than a decade animal welfare organizations are monitoring this particular route and even the European Commission already did multiple on-site checkups on long distance transports passing here. The disregarding of the 24 hours rest period for cattle by the Irish and North Irish carriers is a major issue. After several submissions to the responsible authorities the checkups have been increased but still the carriers do not unload the animals in time for the prescribed break in order to save time and money. As noticed before the carriers prefer profits rather than animal welfare. Animals Angels will not stop to submit complaints to the responsible authorities. However, Animals Angels believes that only a review of the current legislation and a drastic decrease of the transport time can correct the problems.