Success: French Slaughterhouse Shut Down


Target: Stéphane Le Foll

Goal: Applaud closing of slaughterhouse after employees were caught on film heinously abusing animals.

Employees were shown hideously abusing animals in a four-minute video of a French slaughterhouse released recently. This resulted in an outcry, including a petition on ForceChange, demanding punishment for the employees. As a result of activist efforts and public response, Le Vigan in the southern Gard region of France has been shut down.

A French prosecutor announced that an inquiry has been launched, and the managing company of Le Vigan also suspended the staff. They have also initiated an internal investigation. Agriculture Minister Stéphane Le Foll denounced Le Vigan’s “intolerable practices” and claimed that employees would be “punished, as they should be.” The minister also announced veterinarians would be working with local prosecutors on the case.

However, counter to Le Foll’s announcement, an activist condemned his own lack of action up until this point regarding livestock abuse. Brigitte Bardot claimed that leaving sadistic, “perverted employees” unsupervised was an intolerable cruelty in itself. Her reasoning is due to the demand she made for mandatory surveillance cameras in abattoirs back in October after a similar video came to light.

While positive action has been taken regarding Le Vigan, there are still many problems with the management of slaughterhouse employees throughout France. However, this instance of abuse has been heard and those in charge are taking action against abusers. Congratulate the managing company of Le Vigan and the Minister of Agriculture for not allowing these individuals to walk free for their crimes.


Dear Minister Stéphane Le Foll,

After the abuse suffered by animals at Le Vigan was leaked by video online, the public rose up against the slaughterhouse. Often in such circumstances, nothing is done and the scenario is swept under the rug and a few employees laid off. It’s wonderful that such a thing didn’t happen in this instance. To hear the management company shut down Le Vigan and also launched an internal investigation is great news. To learn that a full inquiry has been launched and that the employees are facing legitimate charges is even better.

There have been complaints that previous attempts to make CCTV mandatory in slaughterhouses have been ignored. I hope that this situation, along with another similar situation occurring last year, will inspire the ministry to require cameras in slaughterhouses. Animal abuse by employees is too common. Regardless, I am glad something is being done in regards to the Le Vigan situation despite the footage being “secretly” acquired.

Thank you for taking action against the heinous crimes being committed at this facility. Thank you for not allowing it to be lost in the deluge of animal abuse stories.


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Photo credit: Boris Horvat

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  1. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    HOO freaking Ray!!! 🙂

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