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Posted on the 23rd September 2019
The Welsh Government has so far refused to make CCTV compulsory for slaughterhouses in Wales, despite it being law in England and being proposed for Scotland.
Animal Aid’s undercover investigators have revealed the truth behind their closed doors. We captured footage of incompetence and chaos at Farmers Fresh slaughterhouse, North Wales.
In one particularly harrowing scene, we witness a worker fail to properly stun a sheep, who surges forward onto the cutting table. Two workers then pin the struggling sheep down and cut her throat, whilst she appears to be fully conscious.
Staff try to round up bewildered sheep using brute force against these timid creatures.
They are kneed, and slapped, even picked up and thrown onto the conveyor.
Several sheep are loaded backwards and upside down. Sheep are also sometimes seen dragged back down the conveyor by their hind legs.
One sheep who is separated from the others, bleating in distress, panics and jumps back towards the gate from where she came, smashing her head through it, only to tumble to the ground. All of this went unnoticed by a staff member who was speaking on his mobile phone at the time.
According to a recent FSA (Food Standards Agency) audit report, this slaughterhouse is failing, in the areas of animal welfare, animal health and hygiene.
Animal Aid campaigned for almost a decade to see mandatory, independently monitored CCTV installed in slaughterhouses.
Mandatory CCTV was finally made law in England in 2018, although independent monitoring is not yet compulsory. Earlier this year, the Scottish Government announced that it would also make CCTV mandatory for slaughterhouses in Scotland.
The Welsh government has previously said that there has not been evidence of serious legal breaches and cruelty inside Welsh slaughterhouses. Now, our groundbreaking filming shows otherwise.
This is the 16th slaughterhouse Animal Aid has investigated. One disturbing aspect of what we have uncovered, is the very fast pace at which the sheep are ‘processed’, with an animal being stunned on average every 10 – 12 seconds. This combined with brutal treatment and what we believe are serious management failings means a terrifying and traumatic experience for the sheep being ‘processed’, and ultimately killed.
Animal Aid is asking the Welsh Government to join England and Scotland, by making CCTV mandatory in its slaughterhouses. This may help to stop some of the behaviour we have seen during our investigation, which shows a shocking lack of respect for living, sentient beings.
But slaughter can never be cruelty-free and it is not possible to kill animals ‘humanely’, as they want to live, just like the rest of us.
The best way to help animals is to go vegan.
P.S. As soon as we finished filming we handed our footage promptly to the FSA and we understand that they are investigating.
Your donation will help to equip our undercover team, keeping them safe and continuing this essential part of our work.
The equipment used in our undercover operations includes items such as £1.50 disposable overalls, which are worn by investigators to avoid any contamination, and £35 battery packs for cameras to ensure that they keep working once placed.
£70 could pay for memory cards, which we do not re-use, as we keep these to provide evidence in any future court case.
Thank you so much!Please join us in calling upon the Welsh Government to make CCTV mandatory.