France: The 1,000 cows farm been given notice to reduce the number of cows kept

Unexpected bund in the fight of French NGOs against this farm

On 10 June 2015, the “1,000 cows farm” (having in reality 794 cows) has been given notice by the Prefecture of Somme (the French department where the farm is located) to reduce the number of cows kept in the farm.

Everything started from a mail sent by an employee of the farm to a French NGO showing horrible pictures of exhausted amorphous cows looking almost dead. The employee explained that most of the cows are so much exhausted that they regularly have to be lift up by a pulley system to be able to stand on their legs. Most of the cows have injured legs due to the concrete floor. Moreover, the food given to the cows is rotten and the water provider are dirty. According to the employee, about 2 cows die each week in the farm. The welfare of the employees is also not respected: most of them are not qualified, and labour laws are not respected.

The interview and the pictures of the employee have been published by the NGO, and one day later, the farm received from the prefecture asked to the Inspection services to control the farm. The control services remarked some abnormalities, but estimated that overall, the animals are in good condition. But they noticed that the farm had authorization only for 500 animals although 794 animals were kept in reality. This is a clear infringement of the license conditions, and therefore a letter of formal notice was sent to the farm to reduce the number of cows to 500.

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