The carcass disposal facilities of Germany

Did you know that a shockingly large number of farm animals are not killed in the slaughterhouse?

Many people are not aware that numerous animals end up in so-called carcass disposal facilities (CDF for short) – especially those that were sick and therefore could not be killed for their meat.

Carcass disposal systems are collection points for dead animals from various areas, including so-called pets, but also animals from agriculture, zoos and fur farms.

Their bodies and body parts, including slaughterhouse waste, are destroyed in the facilities, for example by incineration.

Studies that examined animal corpses in such animal body disposal facilities have shown that so-called farm animals in the food industry experience immense suffering while they are being kept.

That is sad everyday life and not – as lobby-related politicians like to claim – the individual case.

Study shows: 13.6 million pigs end up in carcass disposal facilities

So far, hardly any studies have been carried out on the health of animals that do not survive breeding or fattening and are “disposed of” in animal carcass disposal facilities.
The few available results of such investigations are all shocking because they show that a large number of these “fallen animals” suffered considerably before they died.

The University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo) published a study at the end of 2017 that examined some of the approximately 13.6 million pigs that die or are killed every year in German breeding and fattening facilities.

The result: 13.2 percent of the so-called fattening pigs and 11.6 percent of the pigs from breeding had cruel findings.

Externally recognizable ailments and some animals that were delivered alive

The findings of the study suggest that the animals had to endure prolonged and considerable pain and / or suffering during their lifetime.
These included, for example, emaciation, purulent joint inflammation, inflammation of the toes, bite wounds on the tail and ears and other skin lesions caused by ulcers.

In addition, there are violations of the Animal Welfare Act due to inadequate stunning or killing by the farmers.
In more than 60 percent of the 165 animals examined that showed signs of killing, deficiencies in the implementation were found.
One pig was actually still alive when it was delivered to the carcass disposal facility. It was found in one’s own blood.

We demand surveillance of the animal carcass disposal facilities – and punish animal cruelty!

Many of the pigs, cattle and other farm animals that are disposed of in animal carcass disposal facilities suffered from injuries and illnesses before they died, or were killed incorrectly.

With the destruction of the animal carcasses in the facilities, all indications of such animal welfare violations are also removed and thus hushed up forever.
That has to stop!

That is why PETA calls for an independent examination of all animal carcasses and complete traceability so that criminal offenses can be punished.
With this request we address the agriculture ministers of the federal states, because they should be responsible for ensuring that animal carcass disposal facilities are no longer places where indications of animal suffering and gross violations of the animal welfare law are forever destroyed.

Take action now and sign our petition below for rigorous controls to reduce animal suffering in the animal industry.

Some still about it…Behind the walls of the animal industry, far more animals suffer and die than official statistics indicate. Their dead bodies end up in the carcass disposal.

In March 2021, the Animal Welfare Act in Germany was changed so that veterinary authorities can now also monitor the animal carcass disposal facilities.
But the hidden animal suffering will not come to light with this change in the law.

It is an inappropriate change in the law

The new law does not even come close to the purpose of making the brutal death of animals in German breeding and fattening facilities transparent.
To do this, at least the following must be guaranteed:


It is questionable whether the veterinary authorities are even able to regularly inspect carcass disposal facilities. There is a lack of time and work ethic
It is much less possible that the veterinary authorities will carry out such checks of their own accord without any obligation.

In addition to a lack of time, the usual conflicts of interest are to be expected.
A veterinary office that regularly detects evidence of cruelty to animals in a carcass disposal facility is directly put on the question why it has not already discovered this cruelty during the monitoring of the animal factories concerned.

Instead of useless reforms, we can all do something for the animals and consistently leave the animal corpses out of our plates

My best regards to all, Venus

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