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- This week, Mauricio Garcia Pereira, a former employee on the Limoges abattoir for seven years, tells us about his battle in opposition to the slaughter of pregnant cows, a authorized however very controversial observe.
Heroes for some, traitors for others, whistleblowers uncover dysfunctions or wrongdoing and sometimes pay a excessive value. Alone within the face of an organization, lobbies, pharmaceutical firms and even typically within the face of the state, they report a menace or hurt within the identify of the overall curiosity. 20 minutes give them the ground. This week, Mauricio Garcia Pereira, a former employee on the Limoges slaughterhouse, tells us about his battle in opposition to the slaughter of full cows, a authorized however very controversial observe.
“The primary time I noticed a useless calf, I assumed to myself” this isn’t doable. It should be an accident. How may you knowingly kill a cow that has such a cute calf in The stomach ?” If I had identified after I arrived…. After I began on the slaughterhouse, I had been struggling for 3 years. I used to be divorced, father of two younger boys. I had no mounted job. I slept with pals or in my automotive. I didn’t at all times have the funds for to pay little one help so typically I requested my mother and father for cash in Spain.
So in 2010, after I heard they have been on the lookout for individuals to work at the slaughterhouse, I didn’t hesitate for a second. The woman who recruited the interim requested me if I used to be afraid of blood, the scent of loss of life. I stated no. I grew up on the most important farm in Galicia. It wasn't three hanging cows that may scare me. And above all, I used to be informed that if I gave myself up, I may have a everlasting contract.
“I wanted to work so I didn't ask extra questions”
From the primary months, I began to see actually disgusting issues. On the time, I sucked the spinal twine of the oxen. Subsequent to me, a colleague labored within the tripe. He opened the stomach of the cows and emptied them. Commonly, I watched him drop the paunch and the center however at some point, I noticed this huge pink pocket fall from the stomach of the cow. A calf got here out. I didn't actually perceive what had occurred. I requested my colleagues if this occurred steadily. I used to be informed “sure, that's how it’s.” For them, it was trivial. I stated to them, “Don't you guys disgust it?” and so they stated, “Sure, however hey, we’ve got greater issues.” I used to be appearing on the time. I wanted to work so I didn't ask extra questions.
Since I didn't spend my time with them, I typically forgot this story. However in 2013, I took the job in tripe. There, I spent the day finding out the casings, the paunch and the spleen. On the primary day, I opened a cow's uterus with a knife and noticed a calf virtually three ft lengthy, mendacity, sticky in its amniotic fluid. I used to be shocked. He should have weighed 25 kg. I couldn't even raise it. Then I referred to as my boss. I informed him “Chief, there’s a drawback!” He checked out me and his face darkened. He yelled “Are you a PD or are you a person?” I ended up pushing the calf to the trash on the slippery work floor.
“By dint of seeing this, daily, you go loopy”
This operation, I repeated it daily. A number of instances a day. We threw ten to fifteen calves daily within the rubbish. I used to be like, “How is it doable?” We’re in France. As well as, these are Limousin cows. It’s a prestigious breed. These cattle are positioned in contests. There are cooks who swear by the Limousin race! And so they pay additional for it. Do all of them agree with that? Do you kill a cow, open it in half, throw your child within the trash and make a steak?
The extra the months handed, the extra loopy I grew to become. You’ll be able to't exit unscathed while you've been doing this job for years. We spend the day in shit, blood, screams, stench. To not point out contempt and insults. By dint of dwelling that, of seeing these useless fetuses daily, we go loopy. We turn into downright loopy. I used to be always questioning. However in reality, it’s all for the cash. A full cow is heavier and subsequently sells for extra. I attempted to ask my bosses why we have been doing this. All they may inform me was “bow your head, shut up and do your job. For those who're not completely happy, get out!”
Someday I fell for it. I borrowed a telephone from a good friend as a result of I didn't have one on the time. I went in with the slaughterhouse and took footage of the useless calves. After I bought again to the house, I confirmed them to my 15 12 months outdated son. He stated, “No, however what’s that? It's horrible. You do that on the slaughterhouse? It’s important to do one thing daddy! The issue is, I didn't know the place to go.
“Do individuals discover this outrageous?” I'm going to point out them what we're doing right here! “
After which at some point, whereas I used to be watching the information from 20 hours, I noticed within the headline:
“scandal in a slaughterhouse in the Var”. I elevated the quantity and heard that they have been speaking concerning the L214 affiliation. The identical pictures have been looped. We noticed a person hitting a lamb within the head earlier than tearing it off as a result of it was caught. Then one other man who threw lambs within the loss of life row bin. I assumed, “Do individuals discover this outrageous? I'll present them what we're doing right here!”
The following day, after I bought dwelling from work, I typed “L214“On Google. I had by no means heard of this affiliation earlier than the day earlier than. I went to” contact “. I hesitated. I stated to myself” I'm calling or not calling? “Then I took my telephone and dialed the quantity. I didn't introduce myself. I simply stated that I labored in one of many largest slaughterhouses in France. “I'm not telling you who I’m or the place I work. I'm simply sending you two pictures. For those who're , name me again and I'll inform you every part. “
A member of the affiliation referred to as me again two minutes later. We labored collectively for six months. He got here to my home with one other member. They lent me a small digicam that I hid in my pocket for 4 months, in the summertime of 2016. When faculty began, we ready the modifying and in November, the video is out.
Sick go away
The affiliation members I labored with didn’t need to reveal my identification. They didn't need something to occur to me. Nevertheless it was out of the query for me to cover. I needed them to know on the slaughterhouse that it was me. For 3 months, it was euphoria. I went from full anonymity to every day radio and TV exhibits. I used to be even approached by La France Insoumise for the European elections. I used to be 34th on their checklist.
The day the matter broke out, it was out of the query that I set foot within the slaughterhouse once more. I needed to barter my departure with the administration however they needed me to return to work. So I went on sick go away. Then I went on sick go away. I noticed the occupational physician after which the psychologist, who informed me that I used to be not psychologically prepared to return. I used to be declared “unfit” after which dismissed.
I've been struggling ever since. I'm unemployed and misplaced my dwelling. Who will rent me after what I’ve carried out? Everybody is aware of me in Limoges. Some individuals help me and that’s a part of why I hold going. However the majority hate me: the slaughterhouse, the city corridor, the wholesalers, the breeders … Many former colleagues turned in opposition to me after I thought they have been going to defend me. I used to be referred to as a bastard, shit.
Three years after this story, I really feel just a little higher. I don't sleep anymore. My nightmares have gotten extra uncommon. However I will likely be actually higher the day when no extra pregnant cows will enter a slaughterhouse, neither in France, nor within the European group. I would like the institution of a European directive. For now, all that the European Parliament prohibits is the transport of cows which have already achieved a minimum of 90% of their gestation. However this regulation isn’t revered in any respect. Daily, cows gave start within the slaughterhouse the place I labored. So long as there is no such thing as a whole ban, I can’t hand over.
I haven't eaten pink meat since I left the slaughterhouse. I noticed that we needed to minimize our consumption of meat. I even tried to go vegan however ended up within the hospital. I respect the individuals who comply with this weight-reduction plan, however I did it a bit irrespective of how.
I want to open a vegetarian restaurant in Limoges. I might name it “The Transition”. It could be greater than a restaurant: a spot to reside, open from morning to night. There can be a media middle and library with books and movies on the animal trigger and ecology. I’ve the entire mission in my head. I'm getting ready my file and I launched a pot to gather cash. We'll see if I'm fortunate. “
20 seconds of context
On November three, 2016, the L214 affiliation filed a grievance in opposition to the slaughterhouse in Limoges. The grievance was closed 4 months later.
Contacted by 20 minutes, José Machado Ferreira, director normal of the Limoges slaughterhouse since August 2019, ensures that nobody has alerted him to the presence of pregnant cows in his slaughterhouse since he took workplace. “On this case, there was no conviction. The observe is authorized. The staff of the slaughterhouse didn’t break the legislation. We now have loads of management and if there had been a breach, they’d have been observed. As well as, the workers of the slaughterhouse needed to accumulate every part when they don’t seem to be those accountable. We solely obtain the animals purchased by the producers from the breeders and we slaughter them. The slaughterhouse doesn’t determine whether or not a specific cow ought to arrive on its web site. It’s as much as the farmer to know if his cow is full when he has it eliminated by a transporter. Three years after the case, the director of the slaughterhouse now needs to “flip the web page.”