Today an EonA/AWF team visited Başkent Et slaughterhouse in Ankara, Turkey. Asalet and Lesley and Dr. Eser, a German veterinarian and expert in “humane” slaughter went to the slaughterhouse to check on the animal welfare conditions during slaughter. Like all other cattle and sheep slaughterhouses in Turkey, the animals have their throats cut without prior stunning.
At this plant the animals were not hoisted completely off the floor by one leg (as sadly seen in other plants) but at least had their head and shoulder on the floor to relieve some of the pain caused by hoisting. The slaughter-man used a sharp knife and was mostly able to make a proper cut to the throat with just one movement. Also the amount of time the animal was partially hoisted was shorter than at other plants, between 18 to 33 seconds. However we found some critical points that need fast improvement. A truck delivered two bulls and a cow. The animals were chained on the truck but the risk of injury was very high as it was not a special truck constructed for animal transport. It also had no back ramp to unload the animals safely.
The slaughtermen and the technical director of the slaughterhouse were very open minded and friendly. We had a long talk about the improvements they should do and we gave them easy examples of how to fix some of the problems. We made it a point that they need a different restraint box and that the gap must be sealed immediately to avoid these horrendous leg injuries again. They promised to make improvements one by one as fast as possible and send us photographs of their changes. They also want to come to our conference on how to reduce suffering during slaughter in Istanbul this weekend.
Via spreading knowledge and compassion, we hope to be able to quickly reduce at least some of the suffering to the billions of animals being slaughtered in the world.