Target: U.K. Food Standards Agency Chairman Tim Bennett
Goal: Order a full penalty and license suspension for slaughterhouse whose employees are accused of violently abusing and torturing animals.
Video from an undercover investigation shows slaughterhouse employees allegedly stomping on a sheep, smashing a pig against a wall with a gate, and hanging cows on hooks as the still-alive animals moo in agony. The employees were also reportedly seen using a bolt gun when they should have been using electronic tongs that stun the animals, which takes them out of their agony quicker and with less pain. According to U.K. animal welfare regulations, it is illegal to cause or permit avoidable pain, excitement, or suffering to any animal. The actions of these employees not only displayed a complete lack of empathy and respect for these creatures, but they caused them horrific pain and torture.
Animal welfare activists set up secret cameras in the slaughterhouse after hearing about alleged animal cruelty taking place. The video shows a pig being shot in the head with a bolt gun but not dying right away, as it stumbles around a bit before employees allegedly proceed to smash the innocent animal into a wall with a gate multiple times. In another scene from the footage, a sheep is picked up and thrown into a wall, another flipped onto its back and then slammed on the floor. As the cows are hung by the leg on hooks for slaughter, it’s evident they haven’t been killed properly as they continue to moo and writhe about.
The slaughterhouse owner says he knows what he and his employees did was wrong, and he expects to have his license suspended. Cruelty to animals in violation of the welfare laws in place can result in a fine of up to £20,000 or jail time. Sign the petition below to ensure these sick animal abusers get the justice they deserve.
Dear Chairman Bennett,
Undercover video taken from inside S Bagshaw and Sons butcher shows employees allegedly stomping on a sheep, smashing a pig against a wall with a gate, and hanging cows on hooks as the still-alive animals moo in agony. According to U.K. animal welfare regulations, it is illegal to cause or permit avoidable pain, excitement, or suffering to any animal. The actions of these slaughterhouse employees were complete violations of this regulation. They not only displayed a complete lack of empathy and respect for these creatures, but they committed extreme and unnecessary animal cruelty. Slaughterhouses who operate under these standards should not go unpunished.
I urge you to enforce a full penalty under the welfare laws in place and suspend, if not terminate, the license of this butchery. It is vital that you send a message that animal cruelty will not and cannot be tolerated, even at a slaughterhouse.
[Your Name Here]
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