On 28 April, Eyes on Animals visited the VSS slaughterhouse in Elspeet where sheep, dairy goats and billy goats are slaughtered. We received a warm welcome from one of the employees. We talked about our work in Ghana, where we, among other things, improve goat welfare by introducing pre-slaughter stunning. Together with the employee we talked about restraining and stunning goats with as little stress to the animal as possible.
Eyes on Animals would like to visit the VSS slaughterhouse to see where there is room for improvement in animal welfare and to learn about ‘better practices’ which we can then take with us to Ghanaian slaughterhouses. Unfortunately VSS has indicated that they are not (yet) open to this because they are still a bit unfamiliar with Eyes on Animals as an organization, have had some negative experiences with animal welfare people and are very busy with their move.