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Petitioning DEFRA

Prosecute Slaughter House Animal Abuse

Cigarettes stubbed out on pigs’ faces; one animal punched in the head; another goaded in the face; regular blows and kicks; seriously injured pigs forced to drag themselves to slaughter… All these abuses in one UK slaughterhouse and Defra still won’t prosecute.
Animal Aid's investagations into the treatment of animals in slaughter houses revealed thousands of cases of abuse yet DEFRA still refuse to prosecute those responsible.
"Cheale Meats is the ninth UK slaughterhouse to be secretly filmed by Animal Aid in the past two-and-a-half years. The national campaign group has identified legal breaches in seven of the previous eight – some of them so serious that one slaughterhouse was forced to close down. Cases were built for the prosecution of nine men and four slaughterhouse operators before a change of government brought a change of heart, and all the cases were dropped. Defra, under the coalition government, said that, unlike its Labour predecessor, it could not proceed because the evidence was obtained without the permission of the slaughterhouses. Animal Aid believes that this is a politically motivated excuse and cites the recent Panorama programme, which secretly filmed care home workers without the permission of the owners, and whose film is being used to prosecute."

Kate Fowler, Head of Campaigns at Animal Aid says:
‘Since we first began investigating English slaughterhouses, we have been pressing everyone involved – regulators, industry bodies and the government – to act decisively to end the cruelty. At first, they appeared contrite and promised action but now their words ring hollow. If Defra won’t prosecute these flagrant breaches of the law; if the vets can’t or won’t act to stop the cruelties; and if the slaughterhouse owners look the other way, who is there to stop animals from being abused at the most vulnerable time of their lives? It seems that all involved are content to keep quiet and to allow these cruelties to continue. So much for the UK having the best welfare standards in the world!’
This is one of the many animal rights abuse cases that has been dismissed by the new government. These animals should be protected from such brutal cruelty.

Letter to
DEFRA
I just signed the following petition addressed to: DEFRA.

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Prosecute slaughter house animal abuse.

Around the same time as the horrific abuse to animals at Cheale Meats and other slaughter houses was uncovered by Animal Aid, the BBC's Panarama was doing an investigation of its own. I'm sure that I do not need to tell you what it was into but I shall, the treatment of adults with additional needs at 'care' homes. They discovered some terrible and shocking abuse that made people sick to the pits of the stomachs.
But as a result of this investigation the people were caught and, not as severely as they deserved, punished. This is linked to the petition which I have just signed as the excuse given by DEFRA into why they didn't prosecute the abuse at the UK's slaughter houses was something like: the footage wasn't taken with the permission of the slaughter houses. So? Why should it matter about permission? If anything that fact just makes the evidence more reliable. Whilst this was used as an excuse for the abuse to animals, the footage used to prosecute the people at the care homes wasn't taken with the care homes permission. As much as I hate to say this, it should be one or the other. DEFRA should prosecute these sickening people using the obvious evidence that is there. Also if DEFRA wishes to work as a efficient and successful organisation then they should also begin to cut any ties with the meat industry so this terrible embarassment doesn't happen again.

Sincerely,