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Animal rights activists in court for filming French abattoir

RFI: ‘Two animal rights activists face trial in France for placing hidden cameras in an abattoir to expose its methods of slaughtering pigs. The founder of the L214 animal rights group, Sébastien Arsac, and another member face charges of trespassing and invasion of privacy for breaking into the Guy Harang abattoir in Houdan, near Paris, last December and placing hidden cameras to film the way the pigs were stunned before being bled. But one of the cameras fell of and the pair were arrested when they came to collect them. The group, which campaigns in favour of vegetarianism and against animal cruelty, has since published video showing the pigs panicking and suffering convulsion attacks as they are lowered into the pit where they are to be stunned by carbon dioxide. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation points out that “the acceptability of this method on welfare grounds has been questioned” and that it may be stressful for some kinds of pigs… Since 2013 L214 has published a number of videos exposing alleged cruelty in French abattoirs, leading to the creation of a parliamentary inquiry’. SOURCE…

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