Slaughter

Animal Aid has filmed inside 12 randomly chosen British slaughterhouses, finding evidence of lawbreaking in eleven of them.

Slaughterhouse Suffering

Since 2009, Animal Aid has filmed secretly inside twelve randomly chosen British slaughterhouses. We found evidence of cruelty and lawbreaking in eleven of them. The problems are serious and widespread. Our films revealed animals being kicked, slapped, stamped on, and picked up by fleeces and ears and thrown into stunning pens. We recorded animals being improperly stunned and going to the knife while still conscious. We filmed animals deliberately and illegally beaten, pigs burned with cigarettes and workers hacking at the throats of conscious sheep.

Even where no laws were broken, animals still suffered pain and fear. And ‘high welfare’ plants, such as those accredited by the Soil Association and Freedom Food, were no better than the standard ones, and were guilty of breaches of the welfare laws. Animal Aid believes that whether ‘conventional’, organic, kosher or halal, all slaughter is unnecessary and immoral, and the only way to prevent such suffering is to go vegan.

How can I help?

  • Choose an animal-free diet. There is no kind way to slaughter animals, and the best way to prevent their suffering is not to eat them. Animal Aid is here to help and advise anyone wishing to adopt a more compassionate diet. Order our free Guide to going vegan.
  • Please sign up to Animal Aid’s e-news so we can keep you informed of developments.
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper about slaughterhouse cruelty. Let its readers know that Animal Aid can send a free Go Vegan pack to anyone who requests one.
  • Urge family and friends to watch our film on stunned and non-stunned slaughter, and share it on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Make a donation to help us continue our investigations

Campaign Achievements

Animal Aid is the only organisation to have revealed what is truly going on inside typical UK slaughterhouses. This is what our investigation has achieved so far:

  • Two men were jailed for cruelty to animals at Cheale Meats after they beat and burned pigs.
  • Our campaign for CCTV to be installed in slaughterhouses has been accepted by the supermarkets. The ten largest – Morrisons, Waitrose, the Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Tesco, Lidl, Asda, Marks & Spencer and Iceland – along with wholesalers Booker, have now agreed to deal only with slaughterhouses that have independently monitored CCTV cameras installed.
  • Essex slaughterhouse A&G Barber Ltd closed down when its customers saw, through our secretly-filmed footage, how bad conditions were.
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Campaign History

The campaign to reveal what takes place behind closed doors in British abattoirs began in January 2009 when we planted fly-on-the-wall cameras in JV Richards, a Cornish slaughterhouse. This was quickly followed by investigations at AC Hopkins in Somerset and Pickstock in Derbyshire.

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