Shocking: This is Where Organic Meat Comes From - Sweden, 2020
New slaughterhouse footage from Sweden reveals the true horrors behind the clean image of organic meat with high welfare standards.
Hidden cameras placed by Swedish organization Djurrättsalliansen show what happens in slaughterhouses when they think that no one is watching. In this case, not just any Swedish slaughterhouse, but one that is certified KRAV which stands for organic and the highest welfare standards in the country.
Will a slaughterhouse in Sweden be any different?
When it comes to animal welfare, many of us believe that in certain countries, such as Sweden for example, animals in agriculture are being treated well. We believe that the governments are concerned with animal welfare and that they pass laws to protect farmed animals from abuse.
On the other hand, we are being reassured by misleading labels on meat, dairy, and eggs, that this or that product was produced with high welfare standards with the wellbeing of the animals as a top priority. According to such labels, all we have to do to stop the abusive treatment of the animals is to agree to pay higher prices for high welfare or organic products. But this is just marketing. In reality, animals in agriculture have very sad and short lives. Full of deprivation and violence.
The truth behind high welfare and "organic meat" in Sweden
On the surface, one would think that meat produced in a country such as Sweden, which also has a high-welfare label such as KRAV on it, will be the embodiment of high welfare. And yet, the reality couldn't be further from that. As can be seen in the video, the animals in the KRAV slaughterhouse are being tormented, just like in other slaughterhouses. Not just in Sweden, but across the world.
Time and time again, we are reminded that there is no such thing as a peaceful slaughterhouse. Time and time again, we are reminded that behind the walls of a slaughterhouse, no matter where it is located, there is always terror, cries, and unimaginable pain. These innocent and helpless animals are completely at our mercy. They did nothing to deserve this. When will we open our hearts?
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