Friday 22 April 2016 | 152

Jo’s death

Abandoned in the pouring rain with a broken pelvis, without food or water, Jo spent the weekend in pain. Well he was going to die anyway wasn't he? One Voice has filed a complaint.

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The circumstances surrounding his death would probably have gone unnoticed if the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) didn't share a wall with the incriminated abattoir. Jo, as One Voice has named this calf, experienced a complete disregard for his suffering, with authorities only being alerted thanks to the vigilance of an SPA aid worker. But how many others in France undergo similar tragedies, or worse, because of a lack of witnesses?

Jo fell. He fractured his pelvis when getting out of the lorry that brought him to the abattoir. He hadn't travelled far: local produce, organic, meat sold in blocks of kilos to individuals, far removed from the wholesale distribution networks. The illusion of a perfect life… But no one managed to get him on his feet again. In a case like this we end the suffering as quickly as possible don't we? No, not on a weekend! He ended up waiting until Monday, nearly two days! Two days unprotected from the October rain, cold and incapable of moving on the rough ground, without bedding, water, food, or even a tarpaulin to provide him with some form of protection against the elements…

Despite requests from the SPA to the manager of the abattoir to allow the SPA vet to intervene, Jo suffered, with the manager eventually telling them to mind their own business. Why? To save vets fees? There must be a good reason to leave an animal in such a state, surely?

Jo is no longer in pain. He was anaesthetised on the Monday morning before being slaughtered. His meat will not be sold. The manager of the abattoir is being accused of maltreatment and One Voice has filed a complaint, hoping that Jo's plight will be recognised and severely punished…

Following the recent scandals surrounding abattoirs, the minister for agriculture has announced that these mistreatments will no longer be considered as simple offences (that are punished with a fine), but as penal crimes (to be judged before a tribunal). For One Voice, this measure is completely inappropriate, the objective clearly being to reassure consumers, allowing them to continue eating meat without stress. But the fundamental reality is that abattoirs remain environments of unimaginable cruelty.

A study conducted by One Voice in twenty-five randomly chosen abattoirs has revealed the same barbaric practices. Can we really be humane, ethical and compassionate in an environment designed to kill? In our Western society we conceal and industrialise the slaughter of animals to the point where we ignore the reality. What generates this slaughter…? Consumption.

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Baitézaide | Wednesday 30 November 2016

Soyez végane, s'il vous plait ! Ecoutez votre cœur.

Denis | Saturday 15 October 2016

Il faut que ça cesse - faut-il qu'ils souffrent en plus....

Nicolas | Thursday 04 January 2018

Etre vegan c'est simplement ne plus prendre part active aux massacres qui se déroulent sous nos yeux. S'opposer activement au spécisme me semble être nécessaire.

solange c | Saturday 15 October 2016

Ce genre d'individus qui n'ont aucun respect pour les animaux doivent être sévèrement punis, si le monde pouvait prendre conscience de la souffrance qu'endurent ces pauvres animaux sacrifiés sans aucune scrupule, qu'ils fassent un tour dans les abattoirs et dans les élevages, ils deviendraient tous végétariens et le monde s'en porterait mieux.
La race humaine me donne envie de vomir.

Vero | Wednesday 23 November 2016

Je découvre avec horreur cet article, je trouve cela honteux mais c'est tout les jours que cela se passe, il suffit de doubler les camions de ramassage de bêtes pour comprendre ce qu'elles endurent. Pour les salariés de ces abattoirs c'est devenu la routine, pour nous c'est intolérable. A qui faut-il s'en prendre ? Cela sera très difficile de changer les choses mais il faut tout faire pour punir le plus lourdement possible ces cas scandaleux.

Fr | Saturday 15 October 2016

Gagner de l'argent avec des animaux honte à vous.
Abattoirs, parcs animaliers, honte à vous.