Kent slaughterhouse could face prosecution following covert filming

Posted on the 9th August 2017

Forge Farm Meats in Tunbridge Wells could face prosecution, following covert filming by Animal Aid.

Animal Aid, which is based in Tonbridge, Kent, placed hidden cameras inside the abattoir for three days in April and May 2017. The footage captured shows both the stunning and slaughter of animals. The national organisation found serious cause for concern over the way animals were treated. This included the method used to stun animals. The group is concerned that some animals are likely to have gone to the knife without being adequately stunned.

The undercover footage was promptly handed to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is responsible for regulating slaughterhouses. The Agency has launched an investigation, and will be referring the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on whether to bring criminal charges.

Forge Farm Meats in Tunbridge Wells is the 14th slaughterhouse that Animal Aid has investigated since 2009. In May, the organisation released a damning dossier of evidence entitled Britain’s Failing Slaughterhouses, which provided a catalogue of the illegal abuse that had been filmed to date. It revealed that 93 per cent of slaughterhouses investigated by Animal Aid and others had been breaking animal welfare laws.

Says Isobel Hutchinson, Director of Animal Aid:

‘Yet again, Animal Aid investigators have shone a light on the brutal reality of what goes on inside UK slaughterhouses. We very much hope that Forge Farm will be brought to justice, and welcome any action that the regulators take in order to achieve this.

This latest investigation adds to the already overwhelming evidence of the need for mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in all slaughterhouses. We call on the government to bring forward a change in the law, as promised in the recent Conservative Party manifesto. This simple measure would go a long way in protecting vulnerable animals from both bad practice and deliberate violence.’


Notes for editors:

  • Animal Aid conducted undercover filming at Forge Farm Meats Ltd, Powder Mill Lane, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 9EG, over three days between 12 April and 15 May 2017 inclusive.
  • Animal Aid has a strict investigations policy which ensures adherence to biosecurity measures, obtaining access to premises without causing any damage to property and seeking to ensure that no stress is caused to animals at sites visited.
  • Due to the ongoing nature of the case and the prosecution that may arise from it, Animal Aid is only able to reveal limited details about the investigation at this stage.
  • Read Britains Failing Slaughterhouses.


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