The Éleveurs de porcs du Québec has requested immediate intervention from Premier François Legault in light of a dire situation brought on by the Olymel slaughterhouse labour strike. Olymel workers recently rejected an agreement, prolonging the strike.
“The financial losses are enormous, the psychological distress of the farmers is omnipresent, the pigs are piling up in the farms, we fear for the well-being of our animals, not to mention the spectre of food waste that looms on the horizon,” said Éleveurs President David Duval.
It is a critical time for farmers, according to a press release, and for the well-being of the animals. The organization has called on the government to act quickly, as the conditions of the roughly 150,000 pigs awaiting slaughter continues to worsen.