As a reminder for all: About five months ago, undercover investigations by the organization SOKO documented the following illegal conditions in a slaughterhouse in northern Germany, Saxony: The cattle got electric shocks. They got them if they did not go to the slaughterhouse by themselves, they got them if they did not want to get up. If they could not get up at all, they put a chain around their forelegs and drag them down the trailer with a kind of winch. Calves were thrown from the trailer into the slaughterhouse. And also dead animals should have been delivered there.
Such animals, which are no longer transportable, the farmer may no longer bring to the slaughterhouse, they may not be used by the slaughterhouse itself. But the disposal of a dead farm animal costs money, the slaughterhouse may bring a few euros. Dead animals must not be brought to a slaughterhouse at all. These are cruel scenes. But what shocks even more: that’s illegal!
A cattle is pulled by cable winch from a transporter. It is a so-called downer. Thus, “spent” dairy cows from intensive farming are called.
Veterinary Officers have not intervened, when cattle trampled and bellowed because they were obviously not sufficiently stunne, and because lame and sick animals are illegally transported to slaughterhouses by cattle dealers.The responsible veterinarians looked away.
And now the reaction of “responsible” politicians!
The Lower Saxony regional chief, ( also minister of economics in Saxony), called Bernd Althusmann, did not understand the problem.
In a press statement, he speaks of the fact that the previous animal welfare measures at slaughterhouses, the animal cruelty “would not have prevented”.
Now the state should take responsibility – and not these “criminal burglars”. This is what Althusmann calls the animal rights activists who have uncovered scandals in three slaughterhouses in Lower Saxony!!
When the responsible veterinary service is confronted with the pictures from the slaughterhouse, confirmed: “The pictures show indeed serious animal protection offenses.” The prosecutor has ordered that in the factory initially no longer allowed to be slaughtered.
This mistreatment does not happen isolated. Their frequency reveals a deliberately organized system that goes far beyond the single case of this slaughterhouse. The proportion of “bad” animals here is oversized, that’s what they have purposefully operated.
And the minister Althusmann?
In his statement, he does not criticize the farmers, who wear the dairy cows so badly that they lack the strength to take a single step.
He does not criticize the transport companies, who still cart these animals into the slaughterhouses.
He also does not criticize the slaughterhouses, which slaughter the animals instead of slaughtering them in the transporter, with full awareness of chains in the slaughter room.
No!! He criminalized the animal rights activists, he calls them “criminal burglars”, without whose commitment, the slaughterhouse -for example- in Bad Iburg would not have been closed.
Actually, he should be grateful to them.
My comment: Who benefits from this criminal system? Lots!
The farmer gets hardly a penny for such a cow. But that’s not what it’s about. He calculates differently: for him, it counts that the animal costs nothing more – no food and no fee for the disposal of the carcass, if the cattle were killed in the yard.
Most animals are so emaciated that they hardly give more juicy steaks. These are so-called downer – “spent” dairy cows from intensive farming, who have not lived even 5 years. Their meat goes to low margins to the sausage industry, and also to the dog food.
A lot of people are making money from this illegal animal cruelty. Until a courageous group of people with civil courage documents their crime, and introduces them to the public as an illegal slaughterhouse operators.
And that the Saxon Minister Althusmann is a ridiculous puppet of the criminal agricultural lobby, we would not have known without the animal rights activists!!
My best regards, Venus