Sky News reports:
Footage given exclusively to Sky News shows staff at a UK abattoir punching pigs and burning them with cigarettes.
Animal Aid secretly installed four cameras inside Elmkirk (Cheale Meats) Ltd, an Essex slaughterhouse that claims to uphold high standards of animal welfare.
The pictures show pigs hit in the face with bats, incorrectly stunned and dragged by their ears to slaughter…
But the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced it will not prosecute Cheale Meats, in Brentwood, because campaigners trespassed to obtain the footage.
And how else could they have obtained this footage?
So basically, if you don’t trespass, you can’t discover or document abuse. If you do trespass and find abuse, the government will not prosecute because that abuse was obtained through trespassing.
Still, charges or not, this is another black eye for animal agribusiness, and yet another reason why the industry can never be trusted to exercise decent animal care.
One last infuriating item: the slaughterhouse at the center of this investigation has gone to the police, in an attempt to press criminal charges against the activist who installed the cameras. Yet at the same time, the company’s attorney denies the footage depicts their facility.
If you can stand to see it, the video’s here.