Today the judge sentenced a worker from control post ‘Qualivia’ in Tollevast to 8 months probationary jail for the abuse of calves. Additionally, the employee is not allowed to work in an animal related profession for 5 years and is not allowed to keep animals for 3 years. This court case followed the investigation and images taken by L214 and Eyes on Animals in March 2019. Although Eyes on Animals is happy with the judges’ decision, there is another side to this story. Two other workers, including the company manager of Qualivia were acquitted.
The fact that the company manager was not convicted is very disappointing to us. He is ultimately the one who directs the other employees, supervises the handling of the calves, is responsible for the daily operation at the control center and determines the company culture. It now looks as though one employee has become the scapegoat for failing company management.
Too many calves arrive at the control posts in a short time; the rate at which they need to be offloaded, moved and fed is likely to cause frustration and abuse. As long as this is not addressed at a higher level, we’re afraid that little will change.