Address Major Welfare Concerns in European Live Animal Exports

Target: Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

Goal: Crack down on the abuse and neglect rampant in the European live animal trade.

Concerns about animal welfare have risen after a recent investigation into the treatment of live animals exported from the E.U. into other countries. The investigation, which focused on animals crossing over the Turkish border, found that animals were being left in extreme weather conditions, sometimes without food or water for days at a time. It found that most of the animals suffered from health issues, including including respiratory problems, eye conditions, and exhaustion or dehydration.

Exports of cattle and sheep from Europe to non-E.U. countries such as Turkey, with lower animal welfare standards, have increased dramatically in the past five years. While European welfare regulations are still supposed to be followed until the animals reach their destination, the investigation has revealed widespread skirting of welfare laws.

Some animals die during transport — a bull was found dead on the top deck of a transporter on the Turkish border as the truck’s driver was waiting to collect customs papers. In another case where 500 sheep were held up at the border for four days in extreme heat and without water, at least one of the animals was found dead at the destination.

Unfortunately, this investigation has revealed that neglect and abuse in the live animal transport industry is rampant. In order to stop this, oversight of the industry must be increased aggressively. Sign the petition below to demand that the E.U. crack down on the cruelty rampant in animal transportation.


Dear Mr. Juncker,

An investigation into the European live animal export trade has revealed widespread abuse and neglect. Many animals were found to be suffering in inhumane conditions, with ailments such as infections, injuries, dehydration, exhaustion, and more. Some animals were even found dead after being stuck for days in extreme heat without access to food or water. Investigators allege that while European transport standards are to be upheld for the entire transport period, many drivers will not follow them after they have crossed out of Europe.

These revelations are shocking and must be addressed immediately. We, the undersigned, demand increased oversight and regulation of the live animal export industry.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. These are live animals with needs and feelings! Handle with care! How did people get so stupid, greedy and uncaring? Animals are smarter!

  2. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Jean – Your position gives you the power and the means to implement the changes necessary to put an end to the horrific animal suffering invloved in the European live animal export trade. These animals are part of the Animal Kingdom, whom by the way are citizens of this Earth too. They have just as much a right as we do to live their lives on this planet, free from torture and murder at the hands of humans. Please do the righ thing here Jean and put an end to this mindless torture…

  3. Poor innocent ones on their way to be killed for greedy hungry human stomach endure so much pain even on their last journey….how much more cruel and uncaring can we humans get? Jean- Claude please be a human and be humane to stop this suffering they endure. Please.

  4. Darlene Avery says:

    Jean, please please help these horribly tortured and abused defenceless animals. This truly is a blight on all humanity. What an horrible way to suffer and die. We are better than this.

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