Around the holiday, the agency checks extra because more animals are slaughtered than usual. Among other things, illegal slaughter and hygiene in slaughterhouses were examined.
Gagged in trunk
At a slaughterhouse in Utrecht, the slaughterhouse had to be cleaned before slaughter could be resumed. The NVWA also found a violation with a driver who transported two gagged sheep in the trunk of his car.
Register in advance
Slaughterhouses must register in advance to be allowed to slaughter for the Feast of Sacrifice, as animals may be slaughtered without stunning during this period. A total of 46 slaughterhouses did this.
Animals showing signs of life 40 seconds after the carotid artery and trachea have been severed should be additionally anesthetized.