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Strike Affects Animal Welfare in Iceland

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Strike Affects Animal Welfare in Iceland

Icelandic Settlement hens

Archive photo. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The ongoing strike among the members of the Association of Academics (BHM), including veterinarians, is affecting the operations of slaughterhouses; chicken and pigs cannot be slaughtered and meanwhile conditions at poultry and pork farms are becoming crammed.

“It has certainly started to affect innocent animals,” Steinþór Skúlason, CEO of slaughterhouse SS told mbl.is. “When the crowded conditions at [poultry] breeding centers have reached a certain limit it affects the wellbeing of the birds … I consider it a violation of the law on animal welfare.”

“We haven’t been given any exception but one waits and hopes,” managing director of chicken producer Matfugl Sveinn Vilberg Jónsson told ruv.is. If the company won’t isn’tbe granted an exemption for slaughtering in the coming days, the birds will have to be put down.

A meeting between the representatives of BHM and the Icelandic state has been scheduled for 4 pm today.

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