Massive animal abuse in Belgian corporate slaughterhouse

This 23 March 2017 Dutch language video is by Belgian organisation Animal Rights.

It shows massive animal abuse in a big Belgian corporate slaughterhouse in Tielt town.

A petition to stop that is here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Gross abuses revealed in Belgium’s biggest slaughterhouse

Today, 13:41; Edited on Today, 16:25

Animal welfare organization Animal Rights reports serious abuses in a pig slaughterhouse in Tielt, Belgium. Pigs are beaten by staff, kicked and dragged by the ears. Animals that are unable to walk after transport are dragged out of the trucks with chains around the legs, says Animal Rights.

The slaughterhouse violates the food regulations. Animals arriving dead at the slaughterhouse are still butchered. That is prohibited. Moreover, workers cut the earmarks of live pigs off to cover up their foreign origin. The slaughterhouse thereby is circumventing export legislation.

The slaughterhouse is the largest in Belgium and handles 25,000 to 35,000 pigs per week. Part of that goes to the Netherlands. According to director Molenaar of Animal Rights the meat goes to dozens of upmarket and quality butchers in the Netherlands.


Animal Rights filmed for a month long undercover at the slaughterhouse. In a video on the animal welfare organization’s website one can see the images. The slaughterhouse is part of the Debra-Group, one of the largest pork slaughter and production companies in Belgium. Animal Rights wants to force the company to close the slaughterhouse through legal action. …

Supermarket chain Delhaize has stopped cooperation with the slaughterhouse immediately. A spokesman calls it unacceptable that the company does not respect animal welfare.


24 thoughts on “Massive animal abuse in Belgian corporate slaughterhouse

    • I think it is important to look not only at the workers who ill-treated the pigs as part of corporate culture; but also at the bosses who themselves did not touch the pigs, but told the workers that they had to process number x pigs per hour or else …

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  1. Dear Avaazers,

    Brave activists installed secret cameras in slaughterhouses and filmed animals being hacked, dismembered and decapitated all while alive and conscious!

    Scientists have proved that many animals have the same emotions and awareness as toddlers. It’s time to stop torturing them in this sickening way.

    Thankfully, the secret footage forced governments in France and Israel to require 24 hour slaughter surveillance — and we can take this genius strategy global. If each of us chips in now, Avaaz’ll buy the cameras, fund undercover journalists to get footage, and then run massive exposé campaigns in the media to force governments to make this violence illegal and protect animals everywhere.

    Chip in to use film to stop the sick slaughter:

    Seeing the fear and pain in the eyes of a cow as she is pushed to brutal torture and death is beyond heartbreaking. And to not even take the extra few seconds to sedate and numb her beforehand, just to make a tiny bit more money and kill more animals faster, is inhumane and must be stopped.

    In France activists put cameras in a slaughterhouse that claimed to be “animal friendly,” and showed animals weren’t even being stunned before they were killed. The videos were so shocking, they inspired a national campaign that won a ruling requiring cameras in the places animals are raised and killed for meat, that have to be reviewed by animal welfare experts!

    Whether we eat meat or not, this kind of law stops unnecessary violence AND makes sure our food comes from safe (and sane) farms and factories.

    If we put this plan in action fast, it’s possible to pass this same law for the whole European Union, then bring protections to animals in the US and Canada and across the world. We can move on this now with just a few cameras and with the help of our journalist and animal rights partners, if each of us just donates a small amount today!

    Every time we win a new recognition for the humanity of animals, we come closer to a world where the harmony between humanity and nature is restored. Our campaigning together has already saved massive corridors for elephants and orangutans, seriously cut back whale hunting, and marked the beginning of the end for a brutal dog slaughter. This is our chance to legally end the intolerable suffering of the animals most exploited by humans.

    With hope and respect for everyone in this amazing movement,
    Emma, Alice, Nataliya, Danny, Luca, and the whole Avaaz team


    French parliament votes to install cameras in slaughterhouses (Fox News)

    Cameras to be installed in all slaughterhouses in Israel (Jerusalem Online)

    Israel Moves to Install Cameras in Slaughterhouses to Prevent Cruelty (Haaretz)


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