Since 2013 Eyes on Animals has been working hard at improving slaughterhouses in Turkey. Several plants were keen to work with us and made improvements, such as making the floors anti-slip, installing water troughs in the waiting pens, making the walls of the raceway solid… But what was a much more challenging improvement to get in place was getting the animals rendered unconscious before having their throats cut. But now, 7 years later we not only have done all the legal paper work to finally be able to import captive bolt pistols into the country (there is no company in Turkey manufacturing them so you cannot buy them locally !) but we have also trained the workers of 6 slaughterhouses how to use them on cattle and sheep and they now stun animals arriving at their plant.
Many Imams and Religious groups are in favour of stunning now that we have spent so much time meeting and talking to them about the animal-welfare and workers’ safety advantages. The ball is rolling, and we are very happy to work in Turkey with these progressive people.