The slaughterhouse in Epe where animals were severely mistreated will remain closed for the time being, Omroep Gelderland reports. The company has not been able to convince the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) that the situation has improved sufficiently.
Undercover images that came out last month show pigs and cows being electrified and beaten at the Gosschalk slaughterhouse. An employee of the action group Varkens in Nood worked undercover for twenty days at the company, where up to 5000 pigs and 600 cattle were slaughtered daily. He secretly made images of the abuses.
Major concerns such as McDonalds, Albert Heijn and Jumbo quickly announced that they would no longer stock meat at the slaughterhouse. The NVWA withdrew the company’s slaughterhouse accreditation, as a result of which production came to a standstill.
Second plan also insufficient
The supervisor asked the company to develop a plan to prevent animal abuse from now on, but that was not sufficient. Today, a second proposal submitted by Gosschalk was also rejected by the NVWA.
“As long as there is no confidence in the action plan, the recognition of this company will remain withdrawn,” an NVWA spokesperson told Omroep Gelderland.
Pigs in Need calls the decision good news. “The fact that Gosschalk is not able to draw up a thorough improvement plan shows that the knowledge about animal welfare in the slaughterhouse is seriously lacking.”
Gosschalk does not want to respond to questions from Omroep Gelderland.
Slaughterhouse where animals were mistreated remains closed
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