On August 24th we had a brainstorm session with Dr. Temple Grandin and the CEO/COO of a large pig slaughterhouse in Europe. This was to look at how to continuously improve animal welfare at their plant. Today was our first day at the plant to observe their present status and make plans on improving their set-up where possible. We documented all potential stress areas in … [Read more...] about Training and testing at large European pig slaughterhouse
Did you know that Rondeel is one of the 2 egg companies that made the switch to the EonA upright method of catching hens ? It means that they humanely catch hens one or maximum 2 at a time, holding the birds upright and supporting them under their breasts, and placing them in the transport crates upright. This is much better than the conventional method that all other egg … [Read more...] about Bravo to Rondeel poultry and egg company !
Over Christmas WACPAW and Eyes on Animals held a follow-up training at JFamco slaughterhouse in Accra, Ghana. On this day we also donated a second captive bolt pistol so that cattle and goats could be stunned safely and quickly before being restrained and bled out. Normally animals are tethered or forced down on their side and have their throat slit while fully conscious. … [Read more...] about Follow-up training at JFamco slaughterhouse, Accra (Ghana)
Eyes on Animals was together with Welfarm and the French gendarmes (that we gave a theory training to last month) in northern France to stop and check on animal trucks passing by. A Dutch truck loaded with sheep coming from Harlingen and heading to a slaughterhouse in southern France was inspected. Although there were fortunately no violations to the EU animal transport … [Read more...] about Practical training of French Gendarmes, Arras, France
Today Eyes on Animals was asked by Welfarm and the gendarmes of Haute Savoie to help explain the EU legislation on the protection of animals during transport. There was a morning session followed by an afternoon session with the officials from the DDPP (previously the governmental veterinarian services) also giving a talk. The gendarmes came from all over the department, … [Read more...] about Training of the gendarmes, Annecy, France