Ask Defra for independently-monitored CCTV in all slaughterhouses now!
Animal Aid filmed covertly at the Malik Food Group slaughterhouse
near Burnley in Lancashire. This is the 12th slaughterhouse that Animal
Aid has filmed, and the 11th found to be breaking animal welfare laws.
What we found there is absolutely shocking.
- Malik is a non-stun slaughterhouse which must by law keep knives
surgically sharp. But knives were so blunt that sheep had their throats
hacked at multiple times.
- Others were moved before they had been given time to lose consciousness – another breach of welfare laws.
- On three occasions, a worker picked up sheep by their fleeces and
threw them, while many other animals endured rough handling. Some were
taunted whilst being abused.
- Of deep concern is that a worker warned the others when the Food Standards Agency (FSA) vet was approaching.
The FSA is thought to have taken steps to remove one man’s slaughter licence and
launched an investigation. It has confirmed that there are ‘serious
non-compliances with animal welfare legislation’ and we expect criminal
proceedings to follow. One of the company’s directors already has a
conviction for animal cruelty.
Please send a message to Defra Minister George Eustice to
tell him we urgently need independently-monitored CCTV in all
slaughterhouses. If you can personalise the message, it will have a greater impact.
Mr George Eustice
Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment
Dear Mr Eustice