“In your heart” is the official tourist slogan for Cyprus, the island in the Mediterranean popular with British tourists.
Cyprus is also a member of the European Union. It must be compliant with EU laws and regulations relating to farmed animals. Sadly, two undercover investigations we made this summer showed pigs, goats and sheep have yet to be welcomed into the country’s heart and benefit from the hard-fought legal protections adopted by the EU.
In May we presented to the Cypriot agriculture minister evidence, including video, from our slaughterhouse investigations. It showed goats and sheep were slaughtered in horrifically cruel and illegal conditions. The goats were chained by their rear legs while fully conscious. They were hoisted up and left dangling upside down bleating piteously. It was only then that they were stunned. It is illegal to suspend or hoist conscious animals. The stunning was also ineffectively administered. Clearly, the employees were not properly trained.