tisdag 14 mars 2017

Cameras In Slaughterhouses, Documentaries And The Save Movement

In January 2017 the French National Assembly passed a bill for mandatory cameras in all French slaughterhouses!

This is a big and important step - some even call it historic. I believe this could be a way of showing how the animals in the abattoirs are being treated, and maybe also to control what happens there. 
But of course it doesn't necessarily mean that it will change anything in reality for the animals going to slaughter - but let us hope for the best! Especially when animal activists like the ones in L214 expose what is happening behind the abattoirs closed doors.

The podcasters The Bearded Vegans talks about the bill in episode 64 (after 23 minutes). And you can read more about it in these articles:

In English:
France passes historic bill ordering cameras in all slaughterhouses - Medium.com
France passes bill ordering cameras in all slaughterhouses - One Green Planet

In French:
Une nouvelle vidéo révèle des actes de maltraitance dans un abattoir de cochons - Le Monde

And in Swedish:
Frankrike inför kameraövervakning på slakterier - Djurens Rätt
Återigen kommer nya skräckbilder från franska slakterier - Djurens Rätt

Animals in farms - Rörelse för djurrätt
Animals in farms.

Slaughterhouse documentaries
A quick historic flashback to 1949 and the French documentary Blood of the Beasts (Original title: Le Sang des bêtes), written and directed by Georges Franju, was filmed in a Parisian abattoir. The 20 minutes short documentary contains explicit scenes of animals being killed. I wonder how the viewers reacted when they saw the film, and if they kept what they saw in their hearts?

Another short documentary, this time about a slaughterhouse worker, is The Reaper. Find a post about it with trailer here.

Also do check out these articles, about negative effects for the slaughterhouse workers:
PTSD in the Slaughterhouse - Texas Observer
The Psychological Damage of Slaughterhouse Work - PTSD Journal
*PTSD = Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

And when it comes to this topic I have to mention the book Slaughterhouse: the shocking story of greed, neglect, and inhumane treatment inside the U.S. meat industry by Gail E. Eisnitz.

Skåne Pig Save
In Sweden the first so called "vigils" have been held by Skåne Pig Save. This means people gather nearby a slaughterhouse to witness the animals that are going to slaughter
This movement origin from Canada, it started in 2010, and now there are about 100 save groups around the world. Find more information on thesavemovement.org.

We have seen many horrors and it is time to change. To raise awareness about how animals are being treated and finally end this mass animal exploitation is important not only for the animals but also for the environment and for humans. 

We have to do something, and we have to change!

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