Agricultural show: intensive agriculture and industrial fishing highlighted

A few days before the opening of the 2022 agricultural show, the association L214 publishes 5 surveys – one a day – denouncing the horror of intensive agriculture and industrial fishing, both cruel to animals, oppressive to breeders and harmful to the environment. Whistleblowers are asking candidates for the presidential election to depart from this production model, which 85% of French people oppose (Fundação Barómetro 30 Milhões de Amigos / Ifop, 2022).

Contrast. As the runners of the International Agriculture Exhibition (SIA) in Paris prepare to present a “showcase” of the rural world (“happy animals”, happy breeders and quality products from the “terroir”), it is still a completely different facet that the whistleblowers will show on social media. A farm in buildings in Sarthe, a trawler in Calvados, a forced-feeding room for foie gras in Gers, intensive breeding of pigs and rabbits in cages in Côtes d’Armor: 5 investigations denouncing the horror inflicted on animals and the disastrous consequences on ecosystems.

5 research denounces the horror of intensive agriculture and industrial fishing. ©L214

“Today, the creator is a slave”

if they only knew (consumers, editor’s note) as it was produced, they would not buy “. Aiming at an internal farm of the brand “Le Gaulois” in Sarthe, the first survey transmitted by L214 (22/02) is openly commented by Francis Guilloteau, a poultry farmer from Vendée, “ 36 years on the market “. If he says that he even emptied his own buildings to embark on ” rational creation “, the man claims however to be under pressure from ” operators “: ” The cooperative like Terrena or the LDC group (which owns the Le Gaulois brand, editor’s note) (…) force me to produce an even more intensive breeding “, regrets.

when i see 22 chickens per square meter is unacceptable.
Francis Guilloteau, creator

In the images taken by the whistleblowers (video below), showing malformed chickens, unable to stand up due to their rapid growth, the professional’s observation is clear: ” when i see 22 chickens per square meter (i.e. the equivalent of an A4 sheet for each bird, editor’s note), This is unacceptable “. According to him, the suffering of the animal hidden from the consumer – deceived so much by the ” reputation ” from ” Made in France ” and by ” false advertising on television – and that would also increase human suffering: “ The money goes entirely towards the depreciation of the buildingshe explains. The creator has no income and is even in deficit. » « Today, the creator is a slave. he doesn’t decide anything (…), not even its price. You are condemned to work and produce to the fullest says F. Guilloteau.

Malformed chickens, unable to stand up due to their rapid growth… the facts are clear. ©L214

One trillion fish caught each year

Suffering on land… but also at sea! The second investigation released by the whistleblowers (23/02) concerns two trawlers – including a French vessel – in action in the waters of the English Channel, filmed by the German association Soko Tierschutz (video below). The technique used is the “bottom trawl”, that is, a net thrown at the bottom of the sea, trapping all the fauna found there. ” It’s like taking a giant plow and destroying (…) an entire ecosystem “Explains Lynne Sneddon, an aquatic biologist at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), who comments on the video. The fish are” come from the depths very quickly, which can cause your swim bladder to burst (organ that allows fish to regulate their buoyancy in water, Editor’s note), what is incredibly painfulspecifies the marine biologist. They are crushed under the weight of thousands of fish and then thrown back onto the deck, where they suffocate and suffer stress. »

At the time of being sorted, the fish suffocate, their asphyxia lasts from 25 minutes to 4 hours. A real ordeal for these sentient beings, whose intelligence has been the subject of recent studies. If unwanted animals are returned to the sea (only 10% of fish caught are brought back to port, editor’s note), those of commercial interest are killed, in some cases even eviscerated alive. ” Nobody would accept that kind of treatment for cows, pigs, sheep or chickens. “, criticizes L. Sneddon, estimating at one trillion the number of fish caught annually in our oceans – for human consumption and food for farm animals.

The “bottom trawl net” consists of a net deployed on the seabed, trapping all the fauna found there. ©Soko Tierschutz /L214

Ducks, Pigs and Rabbits

The following three investigations concern, respectively, a foie gras forced-feeding room in Gers, an intensive caged pig and rabbit farm in the Côtes d’Armor department in Brittany. Revelations that highlight not only the hell suffered by animals in these industrial systems, but also the health risks – in particular the role of the foie gras sector in the spread of avian influenza due to the transfer of animals between regions during their lifetime – and the ecological impact impacts such as the proliferation of green algae in the bay of Saint-Brieuc (polluted by swine manure and strewn across fields, editor’s note).

In France, more than 80 % of slaughtered animals come from intensive systems, i.e. farms where animals are crammed into closed buildings with no access to the outside “, underline the complainants. However, 85% of French people say they are in favor of banning intensive farming (Barometer Foundation 30 Million Friends / Ifop, January 2022). ” Survey after survey, the French show that they are increasingly mobilized for the protection of animalssays Reha Hutin, president of the 30 Million Friends Foundation. By placing animal welfare among their top concerns for the presidential election, they are asking candidates to make ambitious and concrete proposals in this area. Ladies and gentlemen candidates, participate!

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