EC audit finds calf exports from Ireland breach transport regulations

The European Commission (EC) recently confirmed that Ireland is breaking the law when exporting unweaned calves to Europe. This is an issue that EFI has known about, and been campaigning against, for many years. Calves are typically exported from Ireland … Continued

2023 – a year in review

Once again the year was dominated by live export, which saw a 12% increase and another new market coming on the scene – Israel. Unweaned calf export increased by 19%, but export outside the EU actually decreased by 42%, with … Continued

Irish dairy bulls – a fate worse than veal

RTE Investigates exposed the Irish dairy industries dirty secret.  It highlighted the horrendous ordeal unweaned calves go through, mostly male dairy calves that are an unwanted by product of the industry. It featured a cruel veal farm in the Netherlands, … Continued

Dundeady Free Range Farm

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Almost all Irish pigs are reared in intensive systems, never getting to experience the outdoors or carry out natural behaviours. However, the good news is there are more and more free range pig farms popping up around the country and … Continued

Irish calf export: investigation reveals suffering and abuse across Europe

Investigation into dairy calf export from Ireland to Europe On 20th March of this year EFI conducted another investigation into the export of unweaned calves from Ireland, with L214 and Eyes on Animals. We were also joined by RTE’s investigation … Continued

2022 a year in review

2022 saw us coming out of the pandemic and things slowly started getting back to normal.  Here is an overview of our activities and achievements across the year. January – March: Non-EU export grows, welfare breaches, and calf export investigation … Continued