Slaughterhouse accused of 'unbearable cruelty' closes
slaughterhouse has been forced to close after secret filming inside it by
animal welfare campaigners led to allegations of serious cruelty towards
A and G Barber, of Purleigh, used to kill a quarter of all cull sows in
the UK. Its main buyer, said to be a German sausage manufacturer, cancelled
its contract after viewing the footage, forcing the abattoir to close.
abattoir was one of a number exposed in secret filming by Animal Aid earlier
this year. The animal welfare group said the film, shot over three days
in April, showed scenes of ‘extreme and deliberately-inflicted suffering’,
including use of electric tongs on animals’ snouts, tails and in their
other breaches filmed include ‘incompetent and inadequate stunning’
for most of the 767 pigs filmed, stunned pigs left to regain consciousness,
and pigs being routinely kicked in the face and hit in the face with shackle
worker and the slaughterhouse operator still face prosecution.
Fowler, Animal Aid’s head of campaign, criticised the failure of the
regulatory system to pick up the abuses at an abattoir where veterinary
inspectors were in attendance.
is appalling that the cruelties meted out to animals at A&G Barber were
allowed to continue and that all regulatory systems failed to detect and
stop the abuses,” she said.
Animal Aid hadn’t happened to film at the plant, we believe that workers
would still be kicking, beating and causing deliberate suffering to pigs
there. It is right and proper that companies who have seen our film shunned
Aid has covertly filmed inside seven randomly chosen red meat slaughterhouses
since January 2009. In six of the seven, it claims to have recorded ‘breaches
of animal welfare laws and avoidable animal suffering’.
group formed by the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) to address
issues raised by the filming has proposed changes to the way staff are monitored
group fell short of accepting calls by Animal Aid and other campaigners
for compulsory CCTV in abattoirs. But it agreed that plant operators and
Official Veterinarians must have effective procedures in place either to
constantly monitor stunning and slaughter operations, or to enable them
to ‘inconspicuously observe’ them ‘at any time’.
arrangements may include an aperture or window into the stunning area or
the use of CCTV, the group agreed. The organisations represented, include
various meat trade bodies, Defra, the Food Standards Agency and the Humane
Slaughter Association (HSA), with the British Veterinary Association observing.