Prosecute Cheale Meats pig abusers & improve slaughter house animal welfare laws
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Prosecute Cheale Meats pig abusers & improve slaughter house animal welfare laws

    1. Siun Griffin
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      Siun Griffin

      London, United Kingdom

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.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Thank you everyone

      Siun Griffin
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone that is signing and spreading word about this petition. We still need a lot more signatures, so please keep sharing. Thanks for all your support!

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Catherine Young MILWAUKEE, WI
      • about 3 years ago

      The type of treatment and torture animals receive at these factories is inexcusable! THEY FEEL PAIN NO DIFFERENTLY THAN HUMANS. All slaughterhouses should be closed and banned, and those that commit these horrific acts on the animals should be charged, prosecuted and jailed to START WITH. This is the 21st century and the U.S. needs to lead the way on changing this. The U.S. sets the tone for the rest of the world on how animals are treated.

    • Barbara Perrin CARMEL, IN
      • about 3 years ago

      It's bad enough to kill animals for food, but there is NO POSSIBLE EXCUSE for this cruelty towards living creatures who are giving their lives to feed people. This is the most evil form of abuse going on in the world, because animals have no power to rebel or speak upagainst the cruelty they suffer. Please close this plant down, set up CCTV in these awful places where animal abusers find their perfect job.

      • about 3 years ago

      To try and stop the disgusting treatment of animals in slaughterhouses.

    • Jessica Begeman SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Human decency.

    • Elizabeth Young JAMUL, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Because they can't defend and protect themselves, we have to stand up for their rights.


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