Eyes on Animals’ efforts to reduce animal suffering in slaughterhouses in Turkey will be part of a documentary, 37 Grad, to be aired on the German channel ZDF.
Since the filming of this documentary, Eyes on Animals convinced 2 cattle slaughterhouses in Turkey and an influential Religious group in Turkey to accept stunning. At both plants we have now successfully installed stunners (one is equiped with a pneumatic stunner and the other with a captive bolt stunner) and they are in use. But this is after years of intense meetings, trainings and negotiations. It is sadly still just a drop in the bucket. The meat and dairy industry are the big players and responsible for these problems, they should not rely or expect NGOs to do the hard work. They must stop exporting and instead invest in completely cleaning up the problems first. We are relieved to finally see that more and more European farmers are becoming aware and angry too. Some dairy farmers are even admitting now that the only way forward is to change the dairy system from within by keeping all calves in the herd, on the farm, instead of selling them to traders that export them under horrific conditions all over the world.