Target: Jamie Foster, Representative for Bowood Lamb Abbatoir
Goal: Praise slaughterhouse for firing and suspending employees engaging in animal cruelty.
Several employees involved in animal abuse at a Halal sheep slaughterhouse have been suspended or terminated in connection with an animal cruelty investigation. Video taken in the Bowood Lamb abattoir revealed gross misconduct, including employees taunting and frightening the animals, kicking them in the head, and dragging them by their ears, limbs, and fleeces. It showed staff standing and bouncing on the necks of live sheep as the animals cried out in pain.
An employee responsible for slaughtering the animals was shown sawing and hacking the necks of conscious sheep with a dull tool. Others stood around and laughed maniacally as one sheep with glasses drawn on its face in paint bled to death. The employees regularly made a spectacle of the slaughter, seemingly thrilled with the gruesome scenes.
While UK law requires all animals to be stunned before death, exceptions are made for religious requirements such as kosher and halal diets. Halal slaughter requires an animal to be conscious, but be killed instantly with one passing of a surgically-sharp blade on its throat. Halal meats also require that the animal does not see the blade before it is killed, and that it doesn’t witness other animals being slaughtered.
Particularly since there are special requirements and exceptions for Halal slaughter, it is important that the industry be monitored closely. A zero-tolerance policy for cruelty is imperative to ensure that all employees adhere to standards. Sign the petition below to commend the termination and suspension of employees who knowingly made a mockery of Halal practices.
Dear Mr. Jamie Foster,
Several employees have been fired or suspended after an undercover investigation at Bowood Lamb Abbatoir revealed gross misconduct. A video obtained on the premises shows workers engaging in intentional animal cruelty in direct breach of Halal slaughter practices. Staff were also seen creating a spectacle of the abuse and improper slaughter of the animals, including painting the faces of animals and laughing as they bled out.
It is important that all slaughterhouse employees adhere to the rules, particularly in a facility with different standards from the rest of the meat industry. In the future, additional oversight and supervision of slaughterhouse practices can help prevent these shocking acts of cruelty. We, the undersigned, applaud the termination and suspension of employees involved in misconduct and ask that you implement further protections to ensure halal standards are being kept.
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Photo credit: Agricultural Research Service via Public Domain