Used to investigations and hidden cameras, the animal welfare association L214 has now denounced the conditions in which turkeys and turkeys were transported and the abuses they suffered. Even at the European Union level, the transportation of live animals remains a source of fierce debate.
Animals are beaten to enter cages
The images, shot in March 2022 on an intensive farm located in Sainte-Anne-sur-Brivet (Loire-Atlantique) and in a slaughterhouse in Morbihan, show the animals’ terrible transport conditions already very weak due to living conditions. Picked up, the turkeys are crammed in cramped cages, sometimes kicked. As a result, the birds find themselves pent-up, blocked in painful positions on top of each other in stacked cages. The turkeys will be transported to the slaughterhouse in these unsuitable cages. These animals can live in “for hours in terrible conditions“, Composer Petit Biscuit, a spokesman for the association for the occasion, commented.
This video highlights the recurring problem of transporting live animals. According to Council of Europe (EC) Regulation No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 on the protection of animals during transport, “means of transport are designed, constructed, maintained and used in such a way as to prevent injury and pain to animals and ensure their safety.“;”Animal handlers have the necessary training or skills and carry out their duties without resorting to violence.” and “provide enough floor space and height for animals, taking into account their sizeThe regulations specify that the natural movements of animals must not be impeded and that they must be able to stand.
“Has a passport from the French authorities”
For L214, the claimant noticed this issue in 2021,”the violation of these regulations persists if there is no will to enforce the law by various links in the intensive farming system.“. The association has filed a complaint of violations of EU law with the European Commission and another complaint against slaughterhouses. Today it is filing a complaint against livestock production, it has completed its complaint. complaints against slaughterhouses and is also renewing the European Commission that the Commission wants an interview, an approach supported by MEPs Caroline Roose (Greens/EFA), Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL) and Claude Gruffat (Greens/EFA).
“The European Commission is capable of taking an action when there is evidence that a Member State has not applied European law.explain to Science and the Future, Mrs. Rose. The procedure begins with a formal notification from the European Commission to the State concerned. Then there are usually two months to respond. The Commission may then request the State to take the necessary measures to comply with European law. And if she’s not satisfied, she can go to the Court of Justice. If it subsequently agrees to the Commission, then that State must apply the measures provided. As a last resort, the Court of Justice can impose financial penalties“.
What could an interview between L214 and members of the European Commission actually lead to? “First of all, it is important that the European Commission initiate this breach procedure because of the repeated, systematic and open-minded violations of the French authorities.“, Opposing MEPs.
Furthermore, the transport of animals is known to be a thorn in the side of the European Union. “EU rules on the transport of animals are outdated, inconsistent and poorly enforced“, even admitted, on 20 January 2022, the European Parliament. Among the most obvious violations identified were insufficient cage height, lack of water and food, excessive transport. animals or under extreme temperatures Another source of the Problem is still the transportation of animals to third countries, outside the EU, when there is no control system, causing some MEPs to reflect.
As a result, the European Commission is working to reform the rules for transporting animals to give them better protection. “It is therefore important to be fully aware of the shortcomings of existing legislation and to put in place rules that are clear enough to ensure animal protection and the mechanisms to ensure their application. L214’s investigation is crucial for this“, I assure you, Miss Roose.