Laying hens of Chambly: 20,000 euros fine for mistreatment and 3 years ban on keeping animals

The Tuileries farm sentenced for mistreatment. – Photo: Association L214

Penalties that send a strong signal to the industry “, Estimates the L214 association, at the origin of the lawsuit for the breeding of 200,000 laying hens from the Tuileries farm, in Chambly. This Thursday, April 28, the court of Senlis rendered its judgment in the case of the laying hens of Chambly.

The company was fined 20,000 euros for mistreatment of animals in its care and four times 2,000 euros for fines: violation of hygiene rules relating to access to production units, rules relating to the circulation plan, rules relating to the collection and removal of corpses, rules relating to the cleaning and disinfection plan.

To these fines is added an additional penalty of prohibition to keep animals for three years. The two managers, Laurence and Thilbault Colas, are sentenced to 5,000 euros and 3,000 euros in fines for mistreatment of animals placed under their care, 2,000 euros for the four fines retained and have a ban on breeding activity for 3 years.

Chickens crammed into cages

– Photo: Association L214

During the trial in Senlis, on March 24, the instruction had notably highlighted hens crammed into cages in four filthy buildings, dead birds among the living, the presence of lice despite the massive use of pest control products… “ These images had led to the temporary and then permanent closure of the breedingrecalls the officials of L214.

The company and its managers were prosecuted for mistreatment of the animals by a professional: densities exceeding the maximum capacity of the cages, presence of numerous corpses, absence of nests, perches or pecking plates required by the regulations, total darkness for many birds, manifest lack of cleaning and maintenance… They were also prosecuted for non-compliance with prevention, monitoring and control measures relating to health hazards : lack of implementation of adequate preventive measures to prevent avian influenza (avian influenza), of adequate management of corpses and of compliance with the mandatory screening schedule for salmonella, etc.

For Brigitte Gothière, co-founder of L214, “itThis condemnation sends a strong signal to the entire industry: whether we are talking about the appalling living conditions of the animals or the health risks, compliance with the regulations is not an option! In this particularly worrying period of avian flu, we must also ask ourselves crucial questions. Whether it is to reduce the suffering of animals, avoid critical situations for breeders or reduce the risks in terms of biosecurity, it is necessary to prohibit urgently intensive farming, which is moreover considered by scientists to be real “bombs sanitary”. The government must put an end to intensive farming, as 9 out of 10 French people support.The company and its managers have ten days to appeal the judgment rendered on Thursday.

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