On July 29, 2011, news broke of Animal Aid's undercover footage at Cheale Meats, a slaughterhouse in Essex, England breaking a number of animal welfare laws. The footage shows horrible abuse of the pigs going through the slaughter house, including pigs being hit with bats, punched, cigarettes put out on their heads and injured pigs dragged. It also shows improper stunning before the pigs are killed, so they are conscious at the time of killing, suffering greatly. All this from a slaughter house that claims it takes animal welfare seriously.
DEFRA has stated that it will not prosecute those responsible for this abuse because the footage was obtained illegally and would not be admissible as evidence in court. So, nothing will be fixed and this type of abuse can continue.
However, Sky News reported a number of cases where undercover film evidence in animal abuse was accepted in court.
See the GRAPHIC footage and Sky News' report here:
The goal of this petition is to get enough signatures that Number 10 Downing Street will take notice and improve laws regarding animal welfare in the UK's slaughter houses.
The RSPCA and a number of supermarkets, including Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Co-op and Morrisons support the idea of CCTV cameras being installed in all UK slaughter houses, providing legal evidence and acting as a deterrent.