The Pau Court of Appeal on Thursday released the L214 association, sentenced at first instance for “complicity in invasion of privacy” after denouncing animal abuse with clandestine videos showing three employees of the Mauléon slaughterhouse -Licharre (Pyrenees-Atlantiques).
According to the judgment of the Court of Appeal, “the locations chosen by the L214 association to install recording cameras show (…) that it only sought to capture the gestures of the operators when they proceeded to the slaughter of animals, not the privacy of slaughterhouse workers’.
Sentenced at first instance for complicity in invasion of privacy
“If we want to show the conditions in which the animals are killed, we must show the images of the slaughterhouse and inevitably there are workers”, reacted to AFP the co-founder and spokesperson of L214 Brigitte Gothière. , saying she was “extremely relieved” by the decision.
In November 2019, L214 was convicted of complicity in invasion of privacy because it had provided the cameras to a third person, whose anonymity was preserved, to film inside the premises. Three employees of the slaughterhouse had filed a complaint after the broadcast of the images depicting them in their workplace.
Bled sheep still conscious
Following the dissemination of images of abuse in March 2016, the former director of the establishment and four employees were sentenced on October 29, 2018 to sentences ranging from six months in prison suspended to fines, from 80 to 910 euros, for “deception” and “animal abuse”.
The images taken clandestinely in the premises showed animals badly stunned, sheep still conscious bled, even a lamb quartered alive.