The images show some hens without any feathers on their bodies and others dead and left among their fellows. Targeted, the Pampr’oeuf group ensures that the images “do not come from its farms”.
The association L 214 denounced, with a video broadcast Wednesday evening, the “extreme violence” exerted in a cage breeding of laying hens in Pamproux (Deux-Sèvres), accusations refuted by the Pampr’oeuf group according to which the images “do not come from “of his farms.
The animal defense association, who lodged a complaint for “ill-treatment and acts of cruelty” against the company, claims that in this farm, “near 200. 000 hens live on top of each other in cramped cages, never seeing the light of day “. Some “no longer have any feathers on their bodies”, others are dead and left “among their fellows, sometimes until an advanced level of decomposition “. The images also show the “abuse” that the poultry suffer when they are loaded for the slaughterhouse: employees filmed “shooting hens as if they were soccer balls” and animals packed “like goods. “in crates.
L 214 also noted in its press release “multiple” breaches of regulations on facilities, loading conditions or employee protection. According to L 214, these images were taken last August and September, after an alert from an employee.
In a statement, the company claimed that the images “do not come from our farms” and show “behavior that Pampr’oeuf considers unacceptable”.
The company whose farms are “very regularly inspected”, ensures that “the behaviors denounced absolutely do not correspond to the practices of (its) employees” and that its “teams use methods which respect animal welfare”.
The prefecture promises a reaction
It asks that the images be handed over to justice “so that the perpetrators are identified of these actions “.
The group which employs 180 employees in France including 120 on the Pamproux site, produces 1 billion calibrated eggs per year, according to its website.
For its part, the prefecture of Deux-Sèvres, r calling that the company “refutes such images”, indicates in a press release that “the state services have mobilized and moved to carry out adequate checks”.
The images ” shocking evidence of acts of cruelty to animals indeed call for a reaction “, adds the prefecture according to which the investigation is continuing to” give rise, if necessary, to a transmission to justice “.