The global meat processing company, Danish Crown, has been forced to end nightshifts at one location due to insufficient need for 'slaughterers'.
The slaughterhouse in Ringsted, on the Danish island of Zealand, will no longer have a night shift as of June 1.
This will leave 140 of the company's employees without reliable work - although half will have the option to cover vacations until September.
Company CEO Søren F. Eriksen explained that more shareholders stopped slaughtering with Danish Crown than anticipated, and that there’s been an increase in export of pigs to Germany and Poland for slaughter.
Danish Crown has grown in recent years, with a two percent increase in business since the October 1, but the figure falls short of the anticipated five percent increase, leaving the company overstaffed.
However, Eriksen said: "We have justified hope that more pigs will be slaughtered, so we may need skilled employees again."
Despite Danish Crown's treatment of nonhuman animals, it appears that the company wants to provide support for its soon-to-be-dismissed employees.
Pork Production Director, Per Laursen said: "We [will] launch a social plan where each employee is invited to conversation to clarify his and her opportunities, as well as creating a job bank for the employees.
"Among other things, there will be opportunities for courses and education paid for by Danish Crown."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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