Abattoir boss and three slaughtermen admit causing unnecessary suffering to animals after secret footage of halal killing showed workers HACKING and SAWING at sheep’s throats
- Abattoir boss and three workers admit causing unnecessary suffering to sheep
- Undercover footage of slaughterhouse brutality at the Bowood Lamb abattoir near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, in December 2014 sparked a public outcry
- Secret filming showed workers ‘hacking and sawing’ at the animals’ throats
Three workers and the boss of a halal abattoir have admitted causing unnecessary suffering to sheep as they were being killed following a three-year battle to bring the case to court.
Shocking undercover footage of slaughterhouse brutality at the Bowood Lamb abattoir near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, in December 2014 provoked a public outcry.
The secret filming by Animal Aid showed workers ‘hacking and sawing’ at animals’ throats, as well as sheep being kicked in the head and hurled into metal walls.
All abattoirs must be approved by the Food Standards Agency, but the regulatory body does not check whether halal meat is prepared according to religious rules.
The law requires abattoirs to stun animals before slaughter to prevent unnecessary suffering, but there are exemptions for Jewish and Muslim producers.