PARIS, March 29 (Reuters) – The Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, on Tuesday asked the prefects to carry out within a month of inspections in all abattoirs in France after the revelation of a new case of animal abuse, this time in an institution of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The animal rights organization L214 released a video showing the practices in a slaughterhouse of Mauleon-Licharre, where the animals are sometimes bled without being properly stunned beforehand. This is the third case revealed in a few months: videos had uncovered similar practices of abuse in Vigan and Ales, in Gard. “Stéphane Le Foll again reaffirms its outrage to intolerable practices. He asked the Prefect for the immediate suspension of the slaughterhouse activity,” reported the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement. “In these circumstances, the Minister immediately asked the prefects to achieve, within a month, specific inspections on animal welfare in all slaughterhouses slaughter of the country”, reads also in this release . “Stéphane Le Foll request, if proven defect found during these inspections, the suspension without delay of the approval of these establishments.” The results of inspections will be forwarded to the Parliamentary Select Committee on “slaughtering conditions of animals for slaughter in abattoirs French” established last week, the ministry of Agriculture. (Simon Carraud, edited by Yves Clarisse)
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