The director of the slaughterhouse of Alès, in the Gard, appeared Monday for the police for "non-conforming installations and equipment", after the broadcast in October 2015 of a video of the association L214 sue for violations and animal cruelty.

The indignation of L214

The parquet of Alès had opened a preliminary investigation into "acts of cruelty and mistreatment of animals" after the release of images that showed that cattle and sheep were bleeding when they regained consciousness, pigs packed a cage before being suffocated with CO2, a scared horse hit with an electric prick or a calf from a barrel with disputes. According to the associations that filed civil claims, 175 criminal offenses were identified during the investigation.

"Only three criminal offenses are prosecuted by the public prosecutor and will be tried before the Ales court of law," indignant L214, before the trial. "The director of the abattoir, the only one who has been warned in this case, only risks three fines of up to 750 euros," said the association for the defense of the animal cause.

She also criticizes a "late transfer" of the criminal case that has prevented her lawyers from prosecuting through direct acknowledgment of the source and makes a complaint against the state for "dysfunctional justice".

"This case is a scandal," says Brigitte Gothière, spokesman for the association. "The contrast between the violence of the images and the way in which this test will be sent is striking."

An association wants the introduction of mandatory video control

"The government must introduce mandatory video control, instead of using voluntary services, if only to protect operators from possible derailments," said Claire Starozinski, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Alliance, also a civil party. The Abattoir Beasts Assistance Organization (OABA) will not stand on the bench of the bourgeois parties to denounce a "travesty of justice".

It was with clandestine images in the municipal slaughterhouse of Alès that the conviction of a series of scandals about the slaughtering practices in France began. The mayor of Alès Max Roustan (LR) immediately announced the provisional closure of the site. The reopening was progressive two months later.

The financial situation of the municipal slaughterhouse is "catastrophic", stressed Max Roustan a few days ago, in a city council where it was specified that in 2018 the production amounted to 2600 tons, that's half of the production in 2015. And what while the city 2.7 million euros in work. The Cévennes breeders and the meat industry as a whole regard this municipal structure as essential for their financial survival.