Since 2017, Eyes on Animals has been working in Ghana to reduce the suffering of animals in slaughterhouses. Although Eyes on Animals has convinced several slaughterhouses to stun the animals before slaughter, most animals in Ghana still have their throats cut while still fully conscious.
Blunt and short knives are often used causing the animals tremendous pain. The workers can only cut the throats making several ‘sawing’ motions causing blood clots to form in the blood vessels slowing down the debleeding process and thus prolonging the loss of consciousness.
To help reduce this suffering, ESA in Apeldoorn has donated several butcher’s items such as professional knives and a knife-sharpener. Last year ESA also donated a captive bolt stunner to slaughterhouses in Ghana. ESA’s stunning-expert will join Eyes on Animals on their tip to Ghana again this year to help reduce animal suffering. He will instruct slaughterhouse workers on how to properly stun and debleed animals causing minimal stress and pain.