ANGELES CITY—No more animal torture and abuse will happen at the state-of-the-art Angeles City slaughterhouse (ACS) to be constructed soon.
A known champion for animal welfare, Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. aims to eradicate animal cruelty in slaughterhouses as he actively pushed for the facility’s renovation.
He said a common criticism against slaughterhouses involves the inhumane treatment of animals – ranging from workers kicking, punching, and slamming animals into walls. Some are even chained and dragged across the slaughterhouse, beaten with various tools, and sometimes hacked with an axe.
“We have always advocated for animal welfare ever since. Dito sa Angeles City, hindi lang kapakanan ng mga residente ang pinangangalagaan natin, kung di pati na rin ang mga hayop dito. With this new slaughterhouse, we want to promote a more humane treatment and handling of live stocks and poultry,” Lazatin said.
The mayor’s Chief Adviser and Tactician Director IC Calaguas said the construction of the new slaughterhouse will be done through a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) scheme in partnership with Angeles Dynamic Agroventures Inc.
Calaguas explained under the agreement, the city government will lease their land for 25 years to the private partner that will pay the city monthly rent until the end of the contract.
Angeles Dynamic Agroventures Inc. will renovate and construct the slaughterhouse in the amount of P80 million. After 25 years, the facility will be turned over to the city government.
Lito Corpuz, the general manager of the ACS, said under the ongoing renovation, the new city slaughterhouse will be upgraded from Single A to Double A category, and will get accreditation to the National Meat Services Inspection.
More so, the processed meat from the slaughterhouse can be distributed outside Angeles City.
“Yung dating slaughterhouse, hogs, cattle, and carabaos lang ang napo-process natin. Ngayon, sa gagawing bagong slaughterhouse, magkakaroon na rin tayo ng automated Poultry Dressing Plant,” Corpuz added.
“Since automated na yung proseso, mababawasan yung paggamit ng kamay at pag-transfer ng bacteria. Sisiguraduhin din nating may maayos na paglalagyan yung mga manok, para hindi sila nakakalat sa sahig,” he said.
Corpuz explained the new facility will employ a humane strategy, where animals will be stunned first before they are processed.
“Imbes na injection, gagamit tayo ng electric stunner o captive bolt stunner para makatulog at mawalan ng pakiramdam bago sila katayin,” he said.