Friedrich Mülln lies somewhere in Hungary in the bushes. He is well camouflaged, wears camouflage and has covered his face. He must not be discovered under any circumstances. Because what he is currently filming with his camera, no one should actually see. The animal rights activist of “SOKO Tierschutz” is in the process of revealing a scandal.
He sees how brutally a Hungarian subcontractor treats turkeys to be slaughtered in Germany. The animals are beaten, kicked and thrown by force into the livestock truck. “When I lay there in the bushes and saw how the animals are beaten and they are smashed into the van from one meter away,” says Mülln, “then you feel powerless and can not do anything, otherwise you’re the next one yourself is beaten. ”
Foto: SOKO Tierschutz e.V, 2014
Turkey is delivered to Bavaria
The turkeys are to be transported to Bavaria, Germany. More specifically, after Ampfing. There sits the turkey slaughterhouse “South German Turkey AG”.
The turkey farm in Hungary is one of the subcontractors, where the brutal pictures that we see in video have been made.
“In 2014, “ SOKO Animal Welfare ” actually documented the whole potpourri of this company’s horror: unbelievable brutality in the fattening farms, where animals were thrown alive into the trash, turkeys were beaten down with truncheons, even animals were hunted alive,” says Mülln.
“That happened in Bavaria and also in Baden-Wuerttemberg – documented by us.These recordings now from Hungary show: The company has learned nothing”!!
“The system causes the problems”
After loading, the animals travel to Germany for over seven hours. The recipient of the animals – the South German Turkey AG – is one of the largest turkey slaughterhouses in Germany.
“In this company is often advertised with regionality: In fact, it has now created a huge network of suppliers – about 700 businesses, most of them in southern Germany and Austria, but now also in Hungary and the Czech Republic. There is a reason for this: because it is even cheaper to produce, you can drive that even more to the limit, “says Friedrich Mülln from “SOKO Animal Welfare”.
Turkeys Farm, Germany, 2014 Foto: SOKO Tierschutz e.V
In total, more than 35 million turkeys were slaughtered in Germany last year. There are around 20,000 animals a day at “South German Turkey AG” alone. The customers: gastronomic shops and butchers as well as well-known supermarket chains and discounters in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
This mass of animals explains, at least in part, the brutal actions of the suppliers.
“It`s hardly getting better, the system causes the problems,” says Mülln. “If you want to load animals in such a mass in the shortest possible time, you dress animal suffering, for that people are not made.”
Politics wants to pursue the matter
Faced with animal cruelty in the Hungarian fattening farm, the “South German Turkey AG” replies: “Both the inspection by the veterinary authority before loading in Hungary and the inspection by the German veterinary authorities after arrival at the slaughterhouse and meat inspection were inconspicuous.”
But it seems almost impossible that the animals arrive safe and sound after such a treatment.
Foto: SOKO Tierschutz-loading of turkeys-Hungary
The Bavarian Ministry of the Environment has also seen the pictures of the agonizing loading of turkeys in Hungary and wants to pursue the matter.
“Once the allegations became known, we asked the authorities involved to clarify the facts – this is retrospective and once in the future, and of course we will carry out checks,” says Gerhard Zellner, head of the Consumer Health, Food Safety and Veterinary Department in the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection.
In addition, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in the Bavarian state parliament calls for a new meat labeling requirement at the federal and EU level for consumers. “We need a mandatory state animal welfare label, where it says: from the birth of the animal to the slaughter, how the animal was kept, under what circumstances, whether it had exit to the outside, etc”.
“This is a massive double moral”
And what about the consumers? For those who see Friedrich Mülln of the SOKO animal welfare “a massive double moral”.
Many are outraged, but few of them have consequences.
“If indignation were the same as selling the products, there would be no factory farming anymore,” says Mülln.
However, the numbers speak a different language. Whether cattle, pigs or chickens: In recent decades, the development means: significantly more animals per farm.
Mülln is sure his revelation will once again cause plenty of indignation.
“We keep people in the mirror, and when people get upset, we say, ‘They should look in their own mirrors and see who the actual patron of the mess is.’
My comment: Paul Mccartney said, “If the walls of the slaughterhouses were made of glass, all humans would become vegans.”
The walls have been of glass today.
We have never had as many undercover investigations in Germany as in recent years.
In mass animal husbandry, in experimental laboratory, in fur farms …
“Good information is hard to come by.
It’s just harder to do anything with them, “ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said.
We have information today, more than ever.
If something is permanently abused today, that is the right of the other, of the animals, we know it.
But by the state legitimation of the brutal animal mass murder nobody commits itself to the consequent action, and eating meat everyone considers as his good right.
Whether the animals suffer or not, most people simply do not care. Main thing cheap and a lot of meat.
Mülln is right, consumers are not innocent of these crimes when they still consume animal products. They know what it’s all about, they know who do they pay for the dirty work.
The walls of the slaughterhouses are already made of glass, but we live in a society of childlike and indifferent meat-eaters, who regard indignation as the highest moral duty.
My best regards to all, Venus