Each day, we handle thousands of animals. It is our duty to handle these animals respectfully. To guarantee animal welfare, we invest in the necessary infrastructure, training our employees and installing supervision technology such as Closed Circuit Television (CCTV).
Animal welfare in transportation
Having a slaughterhouse network of appropriately-sized locations in relation to the livestock density in a given region, enables short animal transportation distances with below 8 hours of transportation time. We also control animal welfare by investing in modern animal transport vehicles and conducting standardised transport checks at every unloading point. Also, external veterinarians inspect all animals at the time of unloading.
Animal welfare in slaughtering
At our slaughterhouses we control animal welfare by, among others, training and educating all of our employees that work with livestock. Specially trained animal welfare officers ensure that the guidelines are adhered to, they receive biannual training. During working hours, the lairage, stunning and slaughter areas are under continuous supervision by at least one official veterinarian.
Furthermore, Vion’s veterinary expert team evaluates the performance of the slaughterhouses and the supplying farms. The animal welfare outcome data is reported to our executive committee. In the case of non-conformities, the responsible people have to take corrective and preventive actions.