Animal suffering at a slaughterhouse near Quimper: ‘We had to respect the pace’

Shocking images at the SBA slaughterhouse, near Quimper, broadcast by L-214 Association in May 2021. © L-214

The background noise barely masked the cries of the animals in the slaughterhouse. video L214 . Assembly overwhelming.

Shows pictures from the workshop Briécoise Slaughter Company (SBA), to break Close Kimber. They were shot in January and February 2021 and resulted in a L214 complaint in May of the same year.

Electric shock to the eyes and anus

Excerpts were examined on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in court. Four employees and the company were tried severe abuse and the cruel actions to slaughter the seed.

In the video, employees are shown serving slashes To move monsters forward. These also receive electric puncture Duplicate, sometimes anus or in eyes.

MisuseElectrocoagulation forceps It is also specified. This tool is used to stun animals before they bleed. “It can be used for 10 seconds only on the temples or at the level of the heart,” the presiding judge recalls.

Three of the four employees appeared in court on Wednesday. They admitted incompatible behavior, but talked about equipment that did not meet the standards. in SBA, animal welfare training It lasts two days. It is provided internally.

“Don’t hide your face”

As a reminder, after the video was broadcast, the slaughterhouse was a topicClosure by decree of the governorate for three weeks. Since then, the work has been done.

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One of the four defendants, presented as “responsible,” was the most talkative. This huge guy, with his hair cut short, left the company after a traditional breakup. change the area. “Anyway, I no longer wanted to go to work there. »

We have to stop hiding our faces. It was necessary to respect the discharge rate of 110 buses per hour. We were not there to tie the pearls.

‘habitual behaviors’

While driving, emphasize “common and normal” behaviors. We have alerted management several times. Mostly we did what we could. »

One of his ex-colleagues, also warned, dismissed, confirmed. “Once we made less than 100. We were told we were zero.” “And if you slaughtered more pigs, did you get a reward?” asked the judge. “No, we didn’t get paid at the rate. »

He was tried for stings in the anus and eyes. He left fairly quickly: “It’s done, it’s done. I won’t deny the video, but it must have been one of the few times.”

Site Check 2016

Then the site manager spoke. “This video is not a reflection of our daily activities. These were individual behaviors. And they disproved any commitment to speed.” We never set a target. »

In 2016, the SBA underwentsearch. This brought many facilities up to standard. Since 2014, the SBA has been a part of Knights group from the banner Intermarché.

The slaughterhouse has two lips and a membership certificate. It employs 110 employees and about forty temporary workers. Its director claims a turnover of 36.5 million euros.

“will hurt”

In this file, animal defense and protection associations Stephen Lamart and L214 joined as civil parties.

to mAndHelen you“There was a desire to harm the animals in order to force them to move forward,” said the latter’s lawyer. Considered that the company was responsible.

The administration allowed this to happen. It did nothing to prevent daily abuse.

colleague , MAnd Patrice Grillon, on behalf of the Stefan Lamarte Association, called for “respect for animal rights”. He also stressed the “failure” of state services in terms of oversight.


The prosecutor Dominic Tellhardt Point drove home in her requests. “The video, which is unbearable, sometimes shows the vice in some gestures. The good intentions were voluntary. It retains the concept of ‘infernal speed’, but it ‘in no way justified the abuse that everyone was aware of in the company’.”

for him Purchase orders It was 6 to 8 months suspended for each employee, and A fine of 500 euros. Ask about the company A fine of 10,000 euros.

who is in Charge ?

In the defense, attorneys for the three employees sought to hold the company accountable for the crimes. Respect the “infernal rhythms”. Thus they advocated having no intent to do harm.

MAnd Jean-Christophe AndreFor his part, S.B.A.’s lawyer considered that That the video is a ‘montage, a focused shot under unknown circumstances. It shows partial truth or even bias. For him, the company can’t be blamed for the abuse.’ It ended on the tunes:

They are reported to the state services. If they don’t, say so. Do they break the law or not? no.

He demanded his release.

Referee is booked for June 27, 2022 at 1:30 PM.

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