A slaughterhouse defending “animal welfare” inaugurated near Bordeaux

published on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

A slaughter “with reduced rates and prior stunning” of animals, a soothing background sound: in Bordeaux, a new type of slaughterhouse was inaugurated on Friday 14 October. Its officials want to put an end to prejudice, contrary to the images broadcast by animal defense associations such as L214.

Cattle and sheep slaughtered “at reduced rates and prior stunning”, the broadcast in the background, “familiar sounds of nature (birdsong, running water)”: in Bordeaux, it is a slaughterhouse of a new type which was inaugurated on Friday 14 October.

Its officials want to put an end to prejudice, contrary to the images broadcast by animal defense associations such as L214.

“Showing everything is in our interest,” explained to theAFP slaughterhouse director Mathieu Viengkham. “People imagine things, rely on the images of L214.” This association is known with its videos filmed without authorization in farms or slaughterhouses, where unsustainable images have led the public authorities to intervene several times.

L214 believes that her work as a whistleblower has helped “move the lines”, with the creation of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into slaughterhouses, the ban on the grinding of chicks and the breeding of mink, and the decline of cage farming.

In this context, the slaughterhouse in Bègles, near Bordeaux wants to distinguish itself by defending a “charter of good practices, exemplary and animal welfare”. A commitment signed between cattle and sheep farmers in Gironde and communities, on the occasion of the establishment’s inauguration.

This agreement presented as “a first at the national level” commits the Girondins Breeders Group (GEG), which brings together 120 short circuit producers, to provide the animals with “optimized accommodation conditions, with corridors, cubicles and spacious parks”.

4 to 5 cattle per hour

Then, the slaughter must meet certain rules. “Here, the pace allows you to work properly,” said Mathieu Viengkham. It displays “low” rates, 4 to 5 cattle per hour, allowing “staff to work in very good conditions, without stress, either for humans or for animals”, says the GEG.

The establishment has a glazed reception room overlooking the slaughter hall and will be open to the public, in particular on the occasion of Heritage Days, as stipulated in the “transparency and communication” section of the charter.

A monitoring committee, set up with the town hall of Bègles, Bordeaux Métropole, the New Aquitaine region and the State, must ensure compliance with the charter, the first of its kind between a production sector and communities according to the signatories.

The slaughterhouse covers 1,700 m2, including 300 m2 for a meat recovery unit and a direct sales store. Operational since April 2021, it cost 5.2 million euros, two-thirds of which was financed by the GEG. This group employs 70 people and has a turnover of 15 million euros.

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