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    1. Conor Harkins
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      Conor Harkins

      Strathaven, United Kingdom

The British Horse Society has expressed its shock and revulsion at the sickening footage which shows the appalling mistreatment of horses being slaughtered at the Red Lion Abattoir in Cheshire.

The covert video released by Sky News includes scenes of a grey horse being beaten and groups of animals being stunned simultaneously, something that is completely illegal in Britain. Even more distressingly, the film shows a horse apparently returning to consciousness (following stunning) whilst hanging upside down prior to be being bled out.


BHS Chief Executive Lynn Petersen said: "There are absolutely no excuses for what we have seen in this film. The treatment of these horses was barbaric, inhumane and frankly a downright disgrace in twenty-first century Britain.
"I know that every member of The British Horse Society will be as upset by this as I am and we must do everything we can to ensure this never happens again."

Mrs Petersen added "We must praise the swift action of the Food Standards Agency in revoking the licenses of the slaughtermen involved but this cannot be the end of the matter. It is clear tighter regulation of abattoirs is required and we would support the compulsory installation of CCTV in all such premises."


The BHS has previously made clear that it believes the consumption of horse meat is a moral choice for the individual. However, the Society has been campaigning for a number of years to halt the indiscriminate breeding and overproduction of horses that is endemic in Britain.


A huge proportion of the horses that end up in abattoirs are there because there are no other options for them, not because they have been ethically bred and raised specifically for the purpose of meat production. This is a sad indictment on a nation of animal lovers and the BHS is calling for everybody involved with horses to adopt the mantra 'Think Before You Breed'.

Taken from the BHS website

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Abuse to animals in the abattoirs needs to stop. Lets get rid of them.

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    • Carol Clark LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Cruelty to animals will continue while detection is weak and sentencing weaker.

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    • Lynda Rockall WITHA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Cruelty to animals is barbaric and should be stamped out.

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    • Meg Robertson SUNDERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      It is inhumane and surely it is illegal.

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    • Clive Stevens PENRYN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Disgraceful

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    • jen bennett YEOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      this is appalling in this day and age.

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