Almost 100 activists protested at the main site of the meat processor Tönnies in North Rhine-Westphalia against factory farming. Four participants temporarily occupied the roof of the company and attached a banner with the inscription “Shut Down Animal Industry”. They also blocked the main entrance to the meat factory and asked for banners to close slaughterhouses and to “end the exploitation of humans, animals and nature”. The alliance “Together Against the Animal Industry” had called for the protest.
In a statement, the alliance called for the currently closed slaughterhouse to remain permanently closed.
The meat processor Tönnies had made headlines in the past few weeks because more than 1,500 employees had been infected with the corona virus there. The population in the Gütersloh and Warendorf districts had once again had to accept extensive everyday restrictions. The restrictions in the Gütersloh district apply until July 7th.
Söder calls for “more agricultural ecology”
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) meanwhile called for more money for agriculture, “but for a turn towards more agricultural ecology” instead of “agricultural capitalism”. Farmers should have more opportunities to organize their stables and animal welfare and still remain economical. Many citizens are also willing to spend more money then. “It should be the case that meat does not become infinitely expensive, it should be affordable for everyone.”
Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU) announced again to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” that she wanted to take action against cheap meat offers. “There is no right to cheap cheap meat every day,” said Klöckner. It is currently being legally examined to what extent it is possible to put an end to advertising with enticing offers for meat.
Animal rights activists, however, doubt the seriousness of these announcements. Most recently, an amendment to the Animal Welfare and Livestock Ordinance caused criticism. which means that the cruel box keeping of breeding sows can take place for another eight years. The Federal Council approved the amendment; Klöckner’s proposal had provided for longer transition periods.