Migros, Switzerland’s largest retail company & supermarket chain has decided to terminate its contract with Bouvry Exports and will no longer buy meat from the Canadian supplier. The decision was made after Migros was confronted again with horrific images from the Bouvry feedlots provided by Animals’ Angels (AA) and its Swiss partner organization Tierschutzbund Zuerich (TSB). The footage obtained by AA and TSB in October of 2013 showed mares left to die and decompose inside the pen area as well as horses with apparent, contagious diseases and severely overgrown hooves.
Bouvry Exports plant – horse 33 sits up after being shot – from Chambers of Carnage – CHDC report on slaughter conditions at Bouvry & Richelieu Meats.
The graphic pictures were the “straw that broke the camel’s back” – Migros had been monitoring Bouvry Exports very closely ever since AA’s 2012 exposure of substandard conditions & horses in severe distress at the company’s Canadian feedlots. This decision is a MAJOR loss for Bouvry Exports, since Migros was one of their biggest customers and it is expected to result in a significant decrease of US horses shipped to slaughter