The animal protection association L214 today reveals a new investigation into the treatment of dairy calves on fattening. The images broadcast come from the breeding of the research and innovation center of the agri-food group Denkavit, number 2 for veal in France, located at the French headquarters of the company in Montreuil-Bellay in Maine-et-Loire.
“Some calves suffer violence from company employees who use force to handle them: kicks, punches and sticks, projections. L214 files a complaint for ill-treatment and serious abuse with the public prosecutor of the Republic of the Court of Saumur. In this center, Denkavit carries out studies on nutrition, housing, animal welfare as well as on breeding equipment”, specifies the press release.
And to add: “The 300 calves locked in the 3 buildings of this establishment come from dairy farms. These young animals arrive during the 2 weeks following their birth. They remain locked in tiny individual cages with concrete floors and devoid of litter, without water available, fed and watered twice a day, until they are 8 weeks old. They are then placed in groups, still in these buildings, until they are slaughtered around 6 months old”.
The L214 association claims that some calves are affected by respiratory and digestive pathologies, and develop various symptoms: fever, runny nose, diarrhea, cough. Some also suffer from otitis or meningitis. “To combat these pathologies linked to the confinement and fragility of these very young animals, antibiotics are widely administered to them”, adds the text.
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