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Appalling cruelty, including cigarettes being stubbed out on the faces of pigs, has been revealed in secret filming inside a slaughterhouse.
The footage of pigs being burned, punched and smacked across the head with sharp paddles was captured by animal welfare campaigners.
They reveal the shocking truth of the casual brutality inside one of the country’s biggest abattoirs. The secrete filming took place at Essex Slaughterhouse. Today, the firm’s website proclaims: ‘Be proud of higher welfare, buy British pork.’
The filming, which took place on secretly installed cameras over four days in March and April, suggests that animal welfare was the last thing on workers’ minds.
Staff were seen stubbing their cigarettes out on the faces of pigs on three occasions, while one of the men landed a punch on the face of a pig which was walking by.
Three seriously injured pigs were forced to crawl through the building to meet their death. Staff were seen pulling the animals by the ears, pushing and kicking them.
Before slaughter, pigs should be stunned using electrified tongs. The tongs should span their brains and render them immediately unconscious.
The filming showed that workers often failed to stun the animals correctly, leaving them screaming in pain. Others were pushed and prodded with electric rods.
In: World News
Tags: shocking, animal, cruelty, killing, torture, united kingdom, murder, slaughter
Location: United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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