The Icelandic Veterinary Association, whose members are currently on strike along with thousands others in the Association of Academics (BHM), authorized on Friday evening the limited slaughtering of chicken and turkeys for animal welfare reasons.
The exemption permits the slaughtering of 50,000 chicken and 1,000 turkeys, ruv.is reports.
With veterinarians on strike, slaughtering of poultry and pigs came to a halt, resulting in conditions at farms becoming crammed, affecting the animals’ wellbeing. Eventually, the farmers would have been forced to put the animals down.
Poultry are usually slaughtered several times a week. The birds gain weight quickly and their cages become too small.
However, they cannot be slaughtered unless veterinarians at Mast, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, issue bills of health.
Veterinarians have been on strike since Monday and other members of BHM, including healthcare professionals, for almost three weeks. More professions are set to start striking next week if the wage dispute between BHM and the Icelandic state won’t be resolved.