The secret is out.

When Compassion received a tip-off about a hidden trade in European farm animals we knew we had to find out more. But to do that our Investigation Unit had to visit one of the world’s most volatile border crossings, the Israeli‑controlled Kerem Shalom border, where the Gaza Strip, Israel and Egypt converge. They brought back some shocking evidence…

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Email the head of the European Commission, Mr Juncker, and the Commissioners for Food Safety, Trade, and Agriculture. Tell them that the trade in live animals leaving the EU must stop.

What our Investigation Unit found was a trade in cattle from the EU being sent alive into war-torn Gaza to be slaughtered. On this occasion they tracked down animals who had travelled thousands of miles by land and sea from Romania and Hungary – via Israel – to Gazan slaughterhouses where, frankly, it just isn’t possible to slaughter an animal without causing immense suffering.

The infrastructure in Gaza means that the slaughterhouses are incredibly basic. There’s no proper restraint equipment, and the workers appear to have no training in correct slaughter practice. 

The cattle are dragged with ropes from the back of trucks, tied to pillars, and have their throats stabbed and slashed at multiple times. The cattle desperately fight to stay standing even once their throats are cut, but once they collapse they endure seconds, even minutes, of agony as workers continue to hack at their throats.

This kind of treatment would be totally in breach of EU law but when animals leave Europe they are no longer protected. 

EU data makes it look like this trade doesn’t exist. No EU country reports live exports to the Gaza Strip or anywhere else in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). But, according to figures obtained from the Israeli authorities, in the first 10-months of 2014 alone, 27,000 European animals crossed into the OPT. 

The truth is this isn’t exactly a secret anyone is trying to hide. It’s just that when animals are exported live out of the EU, anything could happen to them. No government official really knows where the animals go, how they are treated, or how they are killed. Once animals leave the EU, the European Commission washes their hands of them.

In recent correspondence with Compassion, the head of the European Commission said that although EU law states that ‘full regard should be paid to animal welfare’, that doesn’t apply to animals being traded. We don’t think that’s good enough. Do you?  Please call on the Commission to take action to stop the export of live animals from the EU to non-EU countries. 

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Dear Mr Junker,
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 

What our Investigation Unit found was a trade in cattle from the EU being sent alive into war-torn Gaza to be slaughtered. On this occasion they tracked down animals who had travelled thousands of miles by land and sea from Romania and Hungary – via Israel – to Gazan slaughterhouses where, frankly, it just isn’t possible to slaughter an animal without causing immense suffering.

The infrastructure in Gaza means that the slaughterhouses are incredibly basic. There’s no proper restraint equipment, and the workers appear to have no training in correct slaughter practice. 

The cattle are dragged with ropes from the back of trucks, tied to pillars, and have their throats stabbed and slashed at multiple times. The cattle desperately fight to stay standing even once their throats are cut, but once they collapse they endure seconds, even minutes, of agony as workers continue to hack at their throats.

This kind of treatment would be totally in breach of EU law but when animals leave Europe they are no longer protected. 

EU data makes it look like this trade doesn’t exist. No EU country reports live exports to the Gaza Strip or anywhere else in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). But, according to figures obtained from the Israeli authorities, in the first 10-months of 2014 alone, 27,000 European animals crossed into the OPT. 

The truth is this isn’t exactly a secret anyone is trying to hide. It’s just that when animals are exported live out of the EU, anything could happen to them. No government official really knows where the animals go, how they are treated, or how they are killed. Once animals leave the EU, the European Commission washes their hands of them.

In recent correspondence with Compassion, the head of the European Commission said that although EU law states that ‘full regard should be paid to animal welfare’, that doesn’t apply to animals being traded. We don’t think that’s good enough. Do you?  Please call on the Commission to take action to stop the export of live animals from the EU to non-EU countries. 

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