L214 lodges a complaint for clandestine ‘complicity in the slaughter of animals’

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    Last Wednesday, the L214 association filed a complaint against the sheep society of Flanders Artois for complicity in the slaughter of animals outside an approved establishment during the religious festival of Aïd el-Kébir.

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    The animal defense association L214 filed a complaint on Wednesday against the Sofa company, which it accuses of having sold live sheep to individuals in Deûlémont (North) to be “clandestinely shot” for the celebration of Aïd el-Kébir, she announced in a press release.

    Accusations of complicity in clandestine slaughter

    L214 lodged a complaint with the Dunkirk prosecutor against the sheep society Flandres Artois (Canapé) for “professional animal abuse” and pour “complicity in the slaughter of animals outside an approved establishment”, the association told AFP. The Dunkirk public prosecutor’s office confirmed having received this complaint. L214 accuses the Sofa company, which specializes in the animal trade, of having “sold and delivered live sheep to individuals” whereas “sheep purchased by individuals must be sent to an approved slaughterhouse to be killed there on Eid day”. “It is not forbidden to sell sheep, the 250 breeders in the North sell sheep to put them in gardens, pastures etc.”defended himself to AFP Christophe Ryckewaert, one of the leaders of the Sofa company.

    Shocking images

    Images that the association says it shot on the eve of Eid el-Kébir, in July, in the premises of the Sofa company, and broadcast on Youtube, showed live sheep shackled, transported in wheelbarrows and loaded into car trunks. L214, which denounces “unacceptable practices”also asserts that“no action has been taken to put an end to the patent breaches of the regulations” despite “the alert held at the veterinary services of the North” by the association. Asked by AFP, the North prefecture recalled Thursday that on the occasion of Aïd-el-Kébir, the feast of sacrifice in Islam, “The slaughter of animals is prohibited outside an approved slaughterhouse”, while “a prefectural decree prohibits the transport of sheep and goats, apart from breeders and with exceptions”.

    Criminal proceedings initiated

    “Following checks carried out on several pre-revealed targets by the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of the Population, at least five criminal proceedings have been carried out to date”she indicated. “In any case, the substantiated reports are used by the State, including for the following years”, she added. In addition, on the day of Eid, a check in one of the approved slaughterhouses “gave rise to an administrative procedure for disregard of the rules of ritual slaughter, and a criminal procedure”.

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