Animal Markets in Tanzania
In Africa, Tanzania is regarded as a model country when it comes to the protection of 'farm' animals. With and without good reason, as we find. On the one hand, the country has progressive legislation and the government trains animal welfare inspectors nationwide. But at markets and transports, chaos and suffering prevail. The ambitions of the state government hardly reach the animals. Since 2014, we have been working on site focusing on education and training.
What are the Animals Suffering From?
The strict animal protection law does not affect the animals in Tanzania. At markets, during transport and when the animals arrive at the slaughterhouse, we always document the same problems:
- Brutal, chaotic loading and unloading.
- Lack of care for injured animals.
- Completely overloaded transport vehicles.
- Animals tied together at the legs.
- Exhausted and dehydrated animals.
- Insufficient, derelict or missing infrastructure.
- Inappropriate transport vehicles.
- No water or food.
- No shade.
Despite modern legislation and regular monitoring of markets and animal transports, the authorities have not yet called anyone to account for the lack of supply and brutal treatment of the animals.
What Animals' Angels Does Against it
Since 2014, Animals' Angels has been active on site in Tanzania. For four years we initially worked closely with the local organization Taweso. From 2014 to 2018 we worked together at cattle markets and checkpoints to improve the situation for the animals.
Since 2017, we have also been focusing more on training and education to achieve sustainable improvements for the animals. The animal transport controllers of the future are trained at agricultural colleges. We have created a comprehensive training package for them, which is now an integral part of the curriculum at numerous colleges in Tanzania. The Tanzanian state government also uses our training material for their animal welfare campaigns.
- More respect and empathy towards 'farm’ animals.
- Application and implementation of the existing Animal Welfare Act.
- Practical animal welfare lessons at all agricultural colleges in the country.