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Dear friends,
 
During Covid, we could not get to Ghana, but that doesn’t mean our inspections and trainings there stopped.

We have been keeping the efforts alive via our home offices, helping our colleagues at WACPAW (West Africa Center for the Protection of Animal Welfare) on the ground in Ghana and regularly sending them equipment such as captive bolt stunners, cartridges and humane driving tools.

A few weeks ago WACPAW again gave new practical courses at three more pig slaughter locations using stunners that we sent them.

Hell on earth

Pigs in Ghana are not rendered unconscious by modern equipment before they are being slaughtered. They are instead beaten repeatedly by metal pipes or wooden clubs until they stop struggling. Then their throats are sliced, often while immobile from serious injury and pain, but not yet fully unconscious.
Pig beaten repeatedly on the head for one minute long and still trying to get up and get away.
We now have seven pig slaughterhouses that are equipped with stunners and the farmers and their employees are trained in how to use them properly and maintain them. At least at these locations, pigs are no longer being beaten repeatedly by metal pipes or clubs anymore.
Sorf (in dark green) from WACPAW teaching how a captive bolt stunner works – once correctly stunned, the pig falls down and is immediately unconscious.
> Watch a short video showing the situation before and after
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I wish I had much happier news, as this is still very hard to look at and to read about. But at the moment, this is the best that we can do and can expect.

We will keep on doing our best, together with WACPAW. What we can be pleased about is that more and more pig farmers and slaughterhouse managers are requesting our help in Ghana.

We even got called by an American man who heard about our work via Google. His brother-in-law runs a pig farm outside of the capital Accra in Ghana and they slaughter numerous pigs every week.
 

Return to Ghana this December

Sorf has already been there to meet the Ghanian pig farmer and we are all heading there this December all together to give a full practical training to him and his employees.

There are good people all over the world, including Ghana. It is important that this joint work and these trainings continue, so that we can help improve animal-welfare in a harmonized and global way.

Thank you all for bearing with us, and for your support!
Lesley Moffat
director Eyes on Animals
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