Two years after the shock video of the L214 association, the trial opens this Wednesday, June 22, in Rodez.
July 2020. The L214 association pinpoints the Rodez slaughterhouse in a shocking video. In it, one of the largest sheep farms in the department is also targeted. This is the SARL Grimal, located in the town of Rullac-Saint-Cirq.
On the images, we see lame lambs or still breathing. Some are lying on the ground, next to others. “The SARL Grimal fattens 120,000 lambs a year, i.e. 10% of the sheep born on the territory of the Roquefort protected designation of origin. The images show thousands of them crammed into buildings without ever having access to the outside. Many lambs are sick, some dying for hours without receiving treatment. Rendering bins are full of dead animals.”specify the association in a press release accompanying the video.
Two years later, the operators – the father and his son – are expected in court. Following the broadcast of the video, the Rodez prosecutor’s office opened an investigation.
It was particularly thorough and there are now numerous lawsuits: mistreatment of an animal, non-compliant administration of a veterinary medicine, non-compliant breeding register or deception on the goods.
“Me, a healthy animal, that’s all I want”had defended Johan Grimal in the columns of Press Center in 2020. The farmer had even decided to open the doors of his farm in front of journalists. “Over time, we went from four to two lambs per m2 […] It’s 18 to 20 degrees inside, they have healthy food, always clean water, do you think they’re not well?”he had declared again, grateful to be “very angry” against L214 activists.
Veterinarians also sued
Still, justice is not focused exclusively on its investigation of exploitation. The National Brigade for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Investigations (BNEVP) was also seized. The latter carried out searches on the operator’s site but also on the premises of veterinarians in the region, who are regularly called upon to work with SARL Grimal.
Two were taken into custody and compared on Wednesday. They will have to answer for forgery, use of forgery, delivery of a drug without a prescription, prescription of a drug to an animal to which she does not personally give care…
The investigation was indeed devoted at length to orders “excessive” Draxxin (injectable antibiotic) and medicated feed (antibiotics). Considerable quantities of the first antibiotic could be traced: for 2019, 279 250 ml bottles of Draxxin for a total amount of €100,746.29, for 2020, 139 250 ml bottles of Draxxin for a total amount of 81,431, €60.
In April 2021, a lamb from the Grimal farm showed a residue level of the antibiotic sulfadimethoxine exceeding the maximum authorized residue limit (MRL). This excess was detected during a check at the SVA slaughterhouse in Vitré.
The Agro Mousquetaires group, which markets most of this production, has filed a civil suit for this trial, which is due to open at 2 p.m., alongside L214. The association will be represented by Hélène Thouy, founder of the Animalist Party, who had presented her candidacy for the presidency of 2022, without however managing to allow the 500 sponsorships.