These are shocking new images that are sure to fuel the debate on animal welfare. A few days before the opening of the agricultural fair in Paris, the association for the defense of animals L214 reveals new research on Gers.
In particular, we see a forced-feeding room where around 2,000 ducks are locked up. Waterfowl live in collective metallic cages. According to the association, grid floor leads to under-leg injuries Ducks. These wounds then degenerate into infection and can cause inflammatory swelling.
Too much density, non-conforming cartons
L214 also denounces the density inside the cages who “do not allow animals to spread their wings, which is a requirement of the regulations”, is written in a press release. The association is also concerned about the conditions for transporting birds from the forced-feeding rooms to the slaughterhouse: the boxes, too low, would not comply with the law. Furthermore “In the stacked transport crates, nothing is done to prevent the duck urine and feces from flowing into the lower levels.“, continues the organization.
Sébastien Arsac, co-founder of the association L214, believes that the fact that “Foie gras being considered a tradition should not prevent us from seeing all the suffering of animals linked to its production. This suffering is not just the force-feeding, but also the cage confinement, handling and all stages of transport.
“We must consider animals for what they are: sentient and sentient individuals and not resources at our disposal.” – Sébastien Arsac, co-founder of the association L214
To accompany this new video, the L214 details the trip of the ducks destined for foie gras. The birds are born in the Canibride hatchery, located in Deux-Sèvres. They are then transported and raised on a farm located in Lot-et-Garonne, then transferred to the Gers for the force-feeding phase, before being loaded onto trucks to a slaughterhouse in Vic-Fezensac (Gers).
Intensive agriculture, conducive to the development of avian flu?
According to the association: “this specialization of each of the links in the sector implies several stages of loading, transporting and unloading ducks in remote geographical areas, which is conducive to the spread of avian influenza. In addition to animal concentration, liver dysfunction in force-fed birds leads a failure of the animals’ immune system, also conducive to the development of viruses.
These new images inevitably fuel debates around animal husbandry and the condition of animals, just weeks before the first round of presidential elections. In Toulouse, the butchers and poultry farmers of the Victor Hugo market are generally divided, although everyone is unanimous in saying thatGeneralizations about farms and slaughterhouses should be avoided.
Butchers and Poultry Farmers Divided in These Shocking Images
For his part, Kevin believes that “These L214 videos are important because they raise important political and economic issues. Unfortunately, the subject is sometimes wrong or exaggerated. Sometimes they look for the wrong thing, that’s normal, but everything that goes well gets erased.” This butcher continues: “Killing animals is never pretty. And it’s important that L214 highlights the shortcomings, but it’s also important to make sense of things.”
“In recent years, people have been much more concerned about what they eat, especially when it comes to meat. There is a decrease in the amount of meat consumed, but people are consuming better products.” – Kevin, butcher in Toulouse
Marie-Christine by your side refuses to watch L214 videos : “I think it’s propaganda. You shouldn’t do anything, I agree with them, but these are somewhat borderline methods.” This butcher continues: “They only show what shouldn’t be shown, and not all slaughterhouses are of the same caliber. You shouldn’t run things that only occasionally exist. It’s a little extreme all the same.”
The L214 Association ad to file a complaint for abuse against the Gers farm where the images were taken and against the transport company.