Opacity, lack of traceability, animal suffering…. Industrial slaughtering does not inspire the confidence of local farmers. Concerned about the welfare of their animals, some are slaughtering directly at their farms, even though it’s prohibited by the law. Here are three minutes with Jocelyne Porcher, research director at the INRA and author of Encore Carnivores Demain?, to better understand the situation.
For a dignified slaughter, at the farm
The multidisciplinary collective ‘Quand l’Abattoir Vient à la Ferme‘ (lit. When the Slaughter Comes to the Farm), which was created in 2015, naturally brings together livestock farmers, but also veterinarians, artisan butchers, socially conscious consumers, animal protection organizations, citizens… This collective hopes to respond to a simple constant: more and more farmers are refusing to accept that the death of their animals must happen in a slaughterhouse and are reclaiming the right to slaughter their livestock directly at their own farms. Nobody is really listening to them. Yet everyone hopes to offer an animal better conditions for its end of life, at least through the establishment of a mobile slaughterhouse, that is to say a truck equipped for slaughtering that goes from farm to farm.
Three minutes with Jocelyne Porcher: “The black spot remains the slaughter”
This interview was conducted in conjunction with the release of Jocelyne Porcher’s latest book Encore carnivores demain?, co-written with Olivier Néron de Surgy, Ed. Quae
Headline photo: Animals and men
Excerpt from the collective’s photo gallery of farmers.