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Victories in Ghana

It is hard to call them victories, as the level of suffering is still so horrible, but had Eyes on Animals and West Africa Centre for the Protection of Animal Welfare (WACPAW) not been present, the animals would still be jumped on, have their legs tightly tethered and their neck cut all while fully conscious. We have successfully got the much more humane procedure of rapid stunning into 4 slaughterhouses in Ghana. Thousands of cattle and pigs will now be rendered unconscious and spared the worst part of the slaughter process. It is just the first step, but if we can achieve this after just one year of working with WACPAW in Ghana, imagine what we can achieve if we stick to it?

We have prepared 4 videos of different Ghanaian slaughterhouses to show you the difference between how it was and how it is now, thanks to your support. I know the conditions are still far from ideal, but within the context of today's reality, I hope you will understand that this is a major step forward.
Together with WACPAW we are also spreading awareness in Ghana about animal-suffering and the need to treat animals better. Joy News Channel interviewed EonA and WACPAW about our efforts to help animals during transport and slaughter.  Two articles about this have been published: one in ATL FM news and another in the University of Cape Coast bulletin. This example in Ghana could have very positive repercussions in all of Africa as well as other parts of the world.
We want to also say a personal thank-you to Roy. Roy is a full-time employee of a slaughterhouse in The Netherlands. He is the stun man, responsible for rendering animals unconscious before slaughter. He is an example of how we can, and must, respect each other and all work together towards making this world a gentler place for animals. He took 10 days’ holiday from work in order to volunteer for Eyes on Animals in Ghana. He did a fantastic job at teaching the local slaughtermen how to use the stunner and the importance of acting calmly and with respect to the animals. Thanks to him, stunning was able to be put into practice so quickly in Ghana. Here are a few words he wanted to include in this newsletter:

"The mission in Ghana to improve animal welfare was extremely necessary and successful. Eyes on Animals is doing excellent work there and I am very happy to be able to help them get concrete changes into place. I will definitely continue helping them on this project in the future, because no animal should have to suffer from fear, stress or pain. Via Eyes on Animals I can make a difference"- Roy
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