A decision has been taken to close the gates on up to 40 knackeries around the country today (Tuesday, September 10th).
A spokesperson for the Animal Collectors’ Association has said that many knackeries are working at a loss.
Meanwhile, Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has said that due to the “ongoing illegal blockades” across beef processing businesses in Ireland, its members are facing an “indefinite cessation of cattle slaughtering” throughout the country.
The vast majority of slaughtering has already been stopped and additional ‘wildcat’ disruptions are putting the balance of facilities under threat of closure.
The forced closure of affected sites is resulting in the temporary lay-off of thousands of employees.
“It will also mean that supplier farmers are unable to sell their animals and vital customer relationships are being damaged.” Meat Industry Ireland said in a statement.
“The ongoing intimidation – including verbal and physical abuses, blackmail and vandalism - of staff, farmer suppliers and hauliers by the illegal protestors has led us to this juncture.”
“In advance of Monday’s talks, MII members showed good faith by deferring legal actions against protestors at the request of the Minister for Agriculture.”
“The escalation of illegal blockades over the weekend has been a huge disappointment to MII members. Negotiating whilst illegal and threatening behaviour is ongoing is not compatible with negotiation in good faith.”