Dijon (AFP) – The L214, an association for the defense of animals used as a food resource, broadcast this Thursday new shocking images of abuse, this time on a pig farm in Yonne, and an unprecedented testimony, with his face uncovered, of a former whistleblower employee.
“They cut off its tail raw and castrate it raw (…) If a (little pig) limps, they pick it up and throw it on the ground. Sometimes we still see him moving in the bucket,” says Grégory Boutron, facing the camera with his face uncovered, a first for a whistleblower in an incriminated pigsty.
A former employee for two years and two months at the SCEA des Tremblats II breeding farm in Annay-sur-Serein (Yonne), Grégory Boutron recently resigned from his post after falling into depression following the mistreatment he witnessed. .
The former employee, who says he “never saw a control” in the two years and two months he spent on this farm, says he alerted the director about the matter but, faced with his inaction, filed a complaint with the gendarmerie and entered the L214.
Auxerre prosecutor Hugues de Phily confirmed to AFP that a complaint had been filed, dated last February, and the opening of a preliminary investigation entrusted to the gendarmerie and the veterinary services.
“I would like the manager not to work in this area anymore and for the box to be closed because it will never stop”, says the former employee.
Video footage, taken with his cell phone, shows sows swollen from screwdriver blows all over their bodies, or dying on the farm’s concrete floor, as well as gilts whose teeth were cut with pliers.
The pigsty is an intensive farm with 1,800 sows, three times the French average. It is managed by the Provent-SDPR group, which directly or indirectly operates around a hundred pig farms, according to L214. When contacted, the management of the company, based in Savoie, did not react to L214’s accusations.
Sought by AFP, Sébastien Arsac, director of investigations and spokesman for L214, indicates that the association filed a complaint with the Public Ministry of Auxerre on Wednesday, denouncing “numerous violations of the regulation”.
The association calls for sanctions against breeding, but also a ban on tail docking and beating piglets: those considered the least profitable are violently stunned shortly after birth. This operation should kill them quickly, but this is far from always the case, according to L214.
In a press release, the municipality of Yonne indicates that the operator of the pigsty was “put on notice” after an inspection of the creation, on June 1, and the finding of “non-conformities”.
This unexpected verification, carried out by the veterinary services of the Departmental Directorate for Employment, Labour, Solidarity and Population Protection (DDETSPP), “following a report presented to the gendarmerie”, we were informed.
“The DDETSPP informed the operator that a new inspection would be carried out to verify the compliance of its creation”, according to the city hall, which guarantees the “full mobilization” of the veterinary services of the DDETSPP.
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