New findings in the meat scandal at Lidl! Animal protection organizations have now uncovered further evidence that the discounter is heavily burdened. It’s about serious violations of animal welfare.
Protectors are now urging Lidl to raise its own standards and to be more concerned about animal welfare. This torture cannot go on.
Lidl: renewed animal welfare allegations
Animal rights activists took undercover photos and videos in a fattening barn for chickens from the Spanish Lidl supplier Sada and made them public. They show the degrading conditions in which the animals live and are treated there. The workers are incredibly brutal with the chickens, kicking them, throwing them carelessly and stuffing them in cages. And the killing process is also martial.
The non-profit organization Equalia sees this as proof of a clear violation of European animal welfare law. Together with the Albert Schweitzer Foundation and other animal welfare organizations as well as over 146,000 supporters, she calls on the discounter to improve its animal welfare standards. And not only at the Spanish company – which has been awarded an “animal welfare” signal – but throughout Europe.
The frightening recordings come almost a month after the first evidence from a chicken coop in Lower Saxony. From there, the discounter gets its meat for its own brands “Metzgerfrisch” and “Grillmeister”. Sick or dead animals were also visible in the photos. The consequences of breeding for ever greater growth were plain to see. The animal rights activists have filed a complaint against both suppliers.
Animal rights activists accuse discounters of failure
“The new research videos prove that animal welfare violations by Lidl suppliers are not just exceptions, as the discounter claims,” concluded the President of the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, Mahi Klosterhalfen. So he wasn’t surprised. We therefore call on Lidl again to implement at least the criteria of the European Chicken Initiative. The management now has to decide whether it wants to continue to put the brakes on animal welfare or rather take on a leadership role. In any case, Lidl can no longer duck away.”
More than 500 companies have already joined the European Chicken Initiative, including competitor Aldi. You can also support the demand as a private individual by signing the petition at www.lidl-fleischskandal.de.