Animals exported by the European Union victims of ill-treatment

Cows trampling in the middle of corpses, slaughtered by several stab wounds: images filmed by the association Animals International reveal the fate suffered by animals sent alive to third countries.

By Mathilde Gérard Posted today at 06:55, updated at 09:01

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A cull cow, from a breeding of the Ain, identified thanks to its loop, filmed in a Moroccan slaughterhouse in 2017.
A cull cow, from a breeding of the Ain, identified thanks to its loop, filmed in a Moroccan slaughterhouse in 2017. ANIMALS INTERNATIONAL

What happens to the animals we export? On Friday, November 15, the Welfarm association broadcasts images previously unseen, shot by the organization Animals International in Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon, showing French cattle subjected to ill-treatment, in violation of French and European regulations. Exports of live animals are the subject of recurrent campaigns by NGOs denouncing long journeys in trucks or ships "Bins".

What awaits animals crossing the borders of the European Union "Totally eludes viewers"Welfarm, who is writing a letter Friday to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, co-signed with five associations (Compassion In World Farming (CIWF), L214, Eurogroup for Animals, the Animal Rights Foundation (FDA), and Brigitte Bardot Foundation). These require the government to legislate to ban the export of animals to countries that can not guarantee compliance with European standards.

Footage filmed in camera hidden by Animals International in a Moroccan slaughterhouse in 2017 shows a French cull cow (former nursing cow), identified thanks to its loop as coming from a farm of the Ain, trampling among corpses lying at ground.


Because this older cow is bigger than the other animals treated in this slaughterhouse, she came out of the slaughter room and left in full sun all day, without water. At the end of the day, she no longer has the strength to resist. "I've visited many slaughterhouses around the world, but what I saw that day is the most chaotic and horrifying slaughterhouse I've seen."commented Gabriel Paun, director of the European branch of Animals International and author of this survey.

In another sequence filmed in 2018 in Lebanon, we see an Ardennes bull suspended by a leg, contrary to the rules of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and a slaughterer stick his fingers in the eyes , before slitting him without being immobilized. The animal swings its head and receives several stab wounds, while the OIE standards stipulate that the loss of consciousness must occur in a single bleed.

"Once the hoof is on a freighter, these animals disappear from the radaris indignant Adeline Colonat, responsible for the campaign against the export of live animals Welfarm. We are not in the criticism of what is being done in these countries but the hypocrisy of France, which exports animals knowingly because there are no controls in the countries of arrival. " For Gabriel Paun, exports of live animals "Show the meat industry in its worst form. It is unnecessary suffering and on a very large scale ".

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