The association for the defense of animal condition speaks of the « worst breeding » ever. The Minister of Agriculture and Food announces having launched an on-site investigation and a forthcoming formal notice of the operation.
The animal rights association L214 reveals, Thursday, August 20, a new investigation. It concerns a breeding site for breeding ducks used for the foie gras sector in the South-West. The video was shot this month in Lichos, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, says the animal rights organization.
In this video, the ducks and the building that houses them appear to be abandoned and yet, says L214, the breeding is still functioning. The operation reached « peaks in horror », says Sébastien Arsac, co-founder of the association. He even speaks of « worst breeding » never seen : « We have as many dead ducks as we have living ducks. »
On the ground, you have between 15 and 20 centimeters of liquid excrement. It is a farm where maggots and rats proliferate.to franceinfo
L214 points to the veterinary services of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques which, according to the association, do not carry out sufficient checks. « The objectives for veterinary services are to check 1% of farms every year, which means that a farm, on average, is checked once every 100 years », says Sébastien Arsac.
The association for the defense of animals has lodged a complaint and demands the permanent closure of the site. It also calls for a general audit of the duck sector. « There had been a generalized audit on butcher’s slaughterhouses with the Minister of Agriculture at the time, Stéphane Le Foll, indicates Sébastien Arsac. We are asking that there also be an audit in this sector so that we can have a slightly more global view of the situation. »
In a press release posted on Twitter on Thursday August 20, the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, announced that he had « conducted a full investigation of the state of the operation » who has already noticed « some of the breaches of the regulations in force ». The Minister also indicates that a « formal notice of the operation will be pronounced », which could lead to a suspension of activity.
Last December, the L214 association had already targeted a breeding of this type in Dordogne, in an agricultural high school, where thousands of ducklings were thrown alive in the trash cans. The departmental services had fined the establishment after a control confirming the accusations of activists of the animal cause. More recently, at the end of June 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture suspended the approval of the sheep chain of the slaughterhouse in Rodez (Aveyron) after a video of L214 filmed on the site.