13 February 2013
Inspection of Leeuwarden cattle-market in The Netherlands 24.01.2013
On January 24th 2013 Eyes on Animals inspectors made an unannounced visit to the cull-cow market in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Up until 2006, this market was highly criticized for having serious welfare problems, in particular for accepting unfit animals and dragging them with chains onto trucks. Animal welfare has now become high on their agenda. More and more investments have been made to improve the quality of the market. There is plenty of bedding and water and the problem with animals being tied on too short or too long has been solved. During the time that we were at the market we fortunately did not observe any animal that was seriously sick or injured, nor harshly treated. There were no downers present.
Author/Organization: Eyes on Animals
Topics: cattle, housing, inspection and control , livestock, standards, transport