A photo of a sheep transporting a sheep has been shared over 1,300 times on Facebook. It reads below: “Damn wolves, but take the sheep to the slaughterhouse in three-story trucks!” It has been suggested that the picture comes from Germany: on the one hand, the picture intersperses with German text, on the other it refers to the words “Hey wolves”. a debate About the wolf as a threat to grazing animals, which is conducted in Germany. The picture was also used to organize a demonstration against animal transport in Aurich, Lower Saxony. However, the picture is from Australia.
We found an image with a reverse image search using the Tiny search engine photo platform flickr, According to the description, it was taken on a ferry to Kangaroo Island – an island off the southern coast of Australia – in November 2010. It is not clear whether the animals were taken to a slaughterhouse and how many levels the truck has.
We reached out to the company that operates the ferry line to see if three-storey animal transporters are used on ships, but did not get revert. A Google search with the words “ferry” and “sheep”, the English words for ferry and sheep, and the name of the island leads to photos And Video Sheep transport with trucks, which are similar to the picture.
We also asked the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture how sheep are transported in Germany. A spokesperson wrote to us: “In Germany, among other things, three-decker trucks are also used to transport livestock.” However, the locally responsible authority for approving animal transport decides whether sheep can also be taken to slaughterhouses.