Breaking! France Passes Historic Bill Ordering Cameras In All Slaughterhouses

By Carole R. Davis as published on World Animal News

“The new law includes an independent commission, a national slaughterhouse ethics committee and comes loaded with stiff penalties for animal cruelty violations…”

image-2The French national assembly passed a bill for mandatory cameras in slaughterhouses today. The controversial measure, to be implemented in 2018, follows a remarkable intensification of public outcry after a series of shocking undercover investigations were released to the French media by local animal rights organization L214. The vote to monitor slaughterhouse practices and workers for animal cruelty, safety and hygiene violations passed 28 to 4 (opponents of the bill were from the right and center political parties).

Before it is brought to the senate in March to be passed into law, the measure will be implemented first (by July 2017) through “experimentation,” in 263 slaughterhouses, placing cameras in all areas where animals are “moved, held, immobilized, stunned and killed.”

Stakeholders, including animal protection professionals, slaughterhouse management and government officials will have access to the footage to determine how to craft the final legislation.

The French government, subtly bending to pressure from powerful animal agriculture lobby groups, wants the “initial opportunity to evaluate the current conditions” ahead of passing a final legislation brought forth by socialist Olivier Falorni, titled “respect for the animal in slaughterhouses law.” During the session earlier today, Minister of Agriculture Stephane LeFoll, invoked the “farmers’ crisis” and “respect for slaughterhouse workers” in order to assuage the growing anger of agricultural workers — men who have indulged in media-hungry stunts by dumping truckloads of manure in front of ministries, blocking traffic with trucks, burning tires and hanging pigs from highway overpasses. The agriculture unions are pushing for further government relief for “Made in France” meat and dairy products while they battle waning meat sales, low milk and meat prices and push for higher wages, higher prices and an end to “unfair” competition with other countries. Animal rights, environmental and progressive healthcare advocates want an end to meat and dairy government subsidies and want public money to be spent promoting the production of sustainable, healthy, plant based food.

The new law includes an independent commission, a national slaughterhouse ethics committee and comes loaded with stiff penalties for animal cruelty violations — 6 to 12 months of prison and fines from 7500 to 20,000 Euros ($8000 to $21,000).

L214 has gained legitimacy in France by conducting risky undercover investigations to expose just how wide-spread and routine shocking incidents of cruelty to animals are. The organization has exposed footage of animals being tormented, brutalized and butchered by callous workers while still alive.

Several weeks ago, a dozen activists from 269Life Liberation Animale were arrested after breaking into a slaughterhouse to “witness the killing” and to stop the production line. They stood their ground on the killing floor for several hours, cameras rolling, before they were removed by police.

Animal rights protests are attracting increasingly large crowds in Paris, Nice and Lyon, helping make France one of the leading countries where animal protection is considered an important social justice cause linked to environmental efforts to limit climate change.

9 comments on “Breaking! France Passes Historic Bill Ordering Cameras In All Slaughterhouses

    • Unfortunately, you will never get this in the US, not with the current Congress and administration setup. French society is that regard -and in many others- way ahead the American one.

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  1. Do readers understand the photo heading the story? This is a image of a older cow licking a calf, and should tweak some of the viewers into considering their complicity in the suffering of animals—chickens, cows, buffalos, pigs, turkeys—raised in filth and degradation and sent to a terror stricken death. Putting cameras in slaughterhouses does nothing to address the massive destruction caused by industrial level animal production impacts to air, water and soils and does nothing to address the massive suffering and dying. Please consider the overconsumption of animal bodies and fluids (MILK) for discretionary diets. “…but for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.” Plutarch

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    • All true, Susan! And the picture – the idea – that this cow & calf are prevented from getting any nearer is so wrong. But if there were cameras recording every instance of brutality & cruelty done to these animals – making it obvious front & center to all people who “prefer not to see it”? Forcing them to look at what is actually happening to these animals? Maybe,, just maybe, it would make a difference. That might make me naive, but too much of what is going on is swept under the rug – even with all of the “social” media.

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      • Yes, that is true. As the saying about “if slaughterhouses had glass walls….” So many DO know what happens, but never have to really see it.

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  2. “The new law includes an independent commission, a national slaughterhouse ethics committee and comes loaded with stiff penalties for animal cruelty violations — 6 to 12 months of prison and fines from 7500 to 20,000 Euros ($8000 to $21,000).”

    Sigh. We certainly can dream about that for the US…..

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