For some time now, Eyes on Animals has been working with poultry slaughterhouse Wilki: first to improve their crates, which initially had small doorways which sometimes broke, resulting in many injured birds.
WILKI replaced them all with new and improved crates. Secondly, they agreed to work on implementing some of our ideas to reduce stress during slaughter. Wilki has now confirmed that they have put some of our suggestions into practice and are sending Eyes on Animals an overview of the improvements they have made.
At WILKI the crates with chickens remain on the truck until it’s their turn to be slaughtered. WILKI felt that the features, such as tarps, roof and front hatches on the trucks, were not sufficient to protect the animals from the weather. Therefore, they installed a canopy with good lighting for checking the animals at night and during the summer, a number of fans will be placed in the middle of the passageway, creating a kind of wind tunnel effect.
In the slaughterhouse itself, a breast contact strip has been installed along the entire assembly line, from the point of arrival until the moment the chickens are stunned. It is mounted in such a way that the chicken’s breast is pressed against it. This has a calming effect on the chickens so they hardly flutter anymore, reducing stress and pain.
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Eyes on Animals welcomes these important improvements to increase animal welfare.