UK Horse Abbatoir Film Reveals Welfare Breaches

By Jason Farrell, Sky Correspondent

Sky News has uncovered shocking animal welfare conditions at a UK horse abbatoir.

They include animals being beaten, neglected and illegal procedures in the process of slaughtering British horses for European food markets.

It comes amid public anger that some of our biggest supermarkets have been selling beef burgers and other products that contain horse meat.

Sky News visited the Red Lion Abbatoir near Nantwich in Cheshire after concerns were raised by Animal Welfare Group Hillside Animal Sanctuary.

Investigators at Hillside fitted secret cameras which filmed horses being beaten with an iron road to encourage them into the pens.

British abbatoirSome were then crammed into the slaughter pens in pairs and, on one occasion, a group of three, before being stunned together.

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15 comments

  1. Paul Coupland · ·

    The first step in stopping this brutal slaughter of animals is to pass Government Legislation requiring that all people involved in the mistreatment of animals be exposed, jailed & receive very high financial penalties.

    1. At the federal level, animal cruelty is governed by Sections 444 to 447 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Until have animals are moved out of the Criminal code and nor deemed property this will never happen .

      Canada’s Animal cruelty legislation consist of 2.5 pages and was primarily written in 1892 and has not changed since

      BELOW IS ALL WE HAVE TO COVER ALL ANIMAL PROTECTION IN CANADA PERIOD!…. CATS DOGS COMPANION FARM MARINE, STRAY, LAB ANIMLAS HORSES, FUR BEARING ANIMAL AND WILD LIFE

      . IT IS AN ATROCITY AND SHAMEFUL CANADA HAS THE 4TH WORST ANIMAL WELFARE PTORECTION OUT OF ALL 27 INDIUSTRIALEZED COUNTRIES (Source IFAW) International Fund for Animal Welfare

      CATTLE AND OTHER ANIMALS
      Marginal note:Injuring or endangering cattle
      444. (1) Every one commits an offence who willfully
      o (a) kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures cattle; or
      o (b) places poison in such a position that it may easily be consumed by cattle.
      Marginal note:Punishment
      (2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
      o (a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
      o (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.
      R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 444;
      2008, c. 12, s. 1.
      Previous Version
      Marginal note:Injuring or endangering other animals
      445. (1) Every one commits an offence who, wilfully and without lawful excuse,
      o (a) kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures dogs, birds or animals that are not cattle and are kept for a lawful purpose; or
      o (b) places poison in such a position that it may easily be consumed by dogs, birds or animals that are not cattle and are kept for a lawful purpose.
      Marginal note:Punishment
      (2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
      o (a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
      o (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.
      R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 445;
      2008, c. 12, s. 1.
      Previous Version
      CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
      Marginal note:Causing unnecessary suffering
      445.1 (1) Every one commits an offence who
      o (a) wilfully causes or, being the owner, wilfully permits to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or a bird;
      o (b) in any manner encourages, aids or assists at the fighting or baiting of animals or birds;
      o (c) wilfully, without reasonable excuse, administers a poisonous or an injurious drug or substance to a domestic animal or bird or an animal or a bird wild by nature that is kept in captivity or, being the owner of such an animal or a bird, wilfully permits a poisonous or an injurious drug or substance to be administered to it;
      o (d) promotes, arranges, conducts, assists in, receives money for or takes part in any meeting, competition, exhibition, pastime, practice, display or event at or in the course of which captive birds are liberated by hand, trap, contrivance or any other means for the purpose of being shot when they are liberated; or
      o (e) being the owner, occupier or person in charge of any premises, permits the premises or any part thereof to be used for a purpose mentioned in paragraph (d).
      Marginal note:Punishment
      (2) Every one who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
      o (a) an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years; or
      o (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of not more than eighteen months or to both.
      Marginal note:Failure to exercise reasonable care as evidence
      (3) For the purposes of proceedings under paragraph (1)(a), evidence that a person failed to exercise reasonable care or supervision of an animal or a bird thereby causing it pain, suffering or injury is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that the pain, suffering or injury was caused or was permitted to be caused wilfully, as the case may be.
      Marginal note:Presence at baiting as evidence
      (4) For the purpose of proceedings under paragraph (1)(b), evidence that an accused was present at the fighting or baiting of animals or birds is, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, proof that he or she encouraged, aided or assisted at the fighting or baiting.
      2008, c. 12, s. 1.

      1. Paul Coupland · ·

        WHAT CAN I DO TO COMBAT ANIMAL ABUSE IN THE FUTURE?

        1 Send a written request (e-mail or letter) to your Elected Government Representative asking them to Create, Promote, Support & Pass Legislation making the following matters “the Law of Our Land” as quickly as possible:
        a. All Civil Rights of the perpetrators of animal abuse shall be suspended immediately upon discovery!
        b. Mandatory Corporal Punishment ( Caning, Whipping, Lashing, Flogging ) shall be re-introduced for all those who abuse animals – as soon as they are discovered!
        c. Mandatory Jail Time together with Heavy Financial Penalties – shall be levied against each & every person – who directly &/or indirectly contribute to the unnecessary pain &/or suffering of any creature under their control, direction, jurisdiction &/or supervision.
        d. Every form of video evidence – documenting any incident of animal abuse – shall be considered Prima Facia Court Evidence retroactively & be automatically authorized by our respective Governments & their respective Agencies – with automatic & complete indemnification of the author(s) of said video evidence. This includes cell phone video, hidden video instruments, etc. whether the perpetrators of the animal abuse authorized their use or not.
        e. Each of these Laws shall be vigorously enforced by our Governments – each within their own jurisdictions – to the full extent of the Law against each perpetrator.

        Respectfully, Paul Coupland

      2. lindabadham · ·

        TO ME , ANY SCUM WHO MISTREAT ANY ANIMAL SHOULD BE WIPED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. ! OBVIOUSLY THAT WONT HAPPEN. LAWS REALLY MUST BE SO TOUGH THAT THEY WOULD THINK BEFORE HURTING AN ANIMAL. ANY HUMAN WHO WORKS IN ANY WAY WITH ANIMALS SHOULD HAVE TO TAKE EXAMS . A LOT OF CRUELTY HAPPENS BECAUSE IT SEEMS THAT ANY TOM DICK OR HARRY CAN GET A JOB WITH ANIMALS WITHOUT QUALIFYING. THIS IS ALL WRONG AND A DISGRACE. WE DO WHAT WE CAN FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL CREATURES AND KEEP UP THE FIGHT FOR THEIR WELFARE WHERE EVER THEY ARE IN THIS WORLD .

      3. Paul Coupland · ·

        The following is my suggestion of what each of us can do now to combat animal abuse in the future.

        Send a written request (e-mail or letter) to your Elected Government Representative asking them to Promote, Create, Support & to Have Enacted – Legislation – making the following matters “the Law of Our Land” as quickly as possible:
        1 Immediate Suspension of all Civil Rights for all perpetrators of animal abuse – upon discovery, until justice has been fully rendered!
        2 Re-introduction of Mandatory Corporal Punishment (Caning, Whipping, Lashing, and Flogging) for all those who abuse animals – carried out by the authorities – upon discovery!
        3 Mandatory Jail Time together with Heavy Financial Penalties –levied against each & every person – who directly &/or indirectly contribute to the unnecessary stress, discomfort, pain &/or suffering of any creature under their care, control, direction, jurisdiction &/or supervision.
        4 Complete Legal Authorization of every form of video evidence documenting any incident of animal abuse – considering such as Prima Facia Court Evidence retroactively – by all respective Governments, Courts & their respective Agencies – with automatic & complete indemnification, authorization & approval of each member of the video evidence team – including any trespass that might have normally occurred – as though the perpetrators of the animal abuse &/or the respective property owners – directly authorized such.
        5 Enactment of a Complete Comprehensive Enforceable Bill of Basic Rights, Freedoms & Privileges outlining & granting to each & every farm creature – a complete management system – based on each farm creature’s respective needs – acknowledging & granting to each & every farm creature the least that is to be expected by each of them from a civilized society.
        6 Vigorous enforcement of each of these Laws against each animal abuse perpetrator – by our Governments and each of their respective Agencies within their jurisdictions – to the full extent of the Law.

        Suggested Basic Rights, Freedoms & Privileges for each farm creature:

        Background
        All creatures on this planet including human beings have some very basic similarities with each other:
        1 Each creature is each born with a mind, a body, a soul, a spirit & instinct.
        2 Each creature on planet earth is Sentient.
        3 Each creature is aware that they are alive & how they are being treated (by their captors – if any).
        4 Each creature feels pain & has extensive needs based on their own individual circumstances.
        5 Each creature will eventually die – sometimes from an attack by humans, sometimes at the hands of other creatures, sometimes by disease, injury or accident.
        The inherent rightful welfare of every creature (both human & non-human) is predicated on the fact that they each have a right to live, breathe & be free. Each is aware of their surroundings. Each has individual senses & emotional feelings. These include – the sense of touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste, pain, contentment & peace, etc. They each have traits that include trust, anger, frustration, jealousy, loyalty, thought, danger, safety, terror, dread, etc. They each have the ability to be happy, sad, joyful, disappointed, etc. They each have the same basic requirements for life & wellness: food, water, proper housing, enough space, quietness, cleanliness, hygiene, grooming, companionship, light, darkness, etc. All these basic components affect their overall health – as well as their overall sense of well-being from their own personal perspective.
        There are three types of creatures that humans interact with:
        1 Wild Creatures – can live in one of three kinds of environments. The first setting – is truly wild within their normal habitat – where they are relatively fortunate. They are free to come & go as they please & can usually fend for themselves, find their own food & do their own thing – whenever they want – until they die normally – unless humans invade their habitat & capture, kill or maim them. The second setting – is where mankind have interfered with the habitat that they require in order to function normally. In this case – mankind basically rob these creatures of everything they need to exist, including their only sources of food. This destruction of normal habitat comes by mankind burning & looting everything that they depend on in order to survive. Their habitat is destroyed & converted into farm land or other developments for humans (housing &/or commerce). The third setting – is within a Zoo – where it attempts to recreate the setting that should be appropriate were all their habitat & other needs are endeavored to be met in a timely fashion by their zoo keepers. This is often the case where their species has become extinct because of mankind – directly or indirectly.
        2 Farmed Creatures – can be born into one of two kinds of environments. 1st The loving family farm environment – where they are treated with love & respect, care & compassion – with all of their needs being met in a timely manner – until their humane death comes for food production. 2nd Farmed creatures can be born into an intensive factory farm environment (perish the thought) where they are held prisoner against their will, have no rights of any kind, are forced to serve their masters without any input at all on anything – until they are inhumanely put to death by their captors!
        3 Pet Creatures – can be born into one of two kinds of environments. 1st Part of a loving family – where they are happy, appreciated, respected & enjoy loads of love & attention from their adopted family – with all their needs generously provided with care. 2nd Pets can end up in a dysfunctional family – where they are taken for granted by their masters, begrudged everything & live a life of sadness & despair – feeling it deeply!
        Current intensive factory farm environment
        These farmed creatures are taken by force from their mothers at birth, without any consideration being given to them or their mothers that wish to nurse & cuddle them until they are weaned normally. Some are killed at birth, like male dairy calves for being the wrong sex, all through no fault of their own! Some are kept chained up in the dark – away from all other creatures – until they are slaughtered & sold as meat. Some are force-fed until they nearly burst, slaughtered & then used for human food! Instead of enjoying any kind of good life – even for a relatively short time, they are crammed into a small space & treated as indentured possessions until they are killed & offered as food to humans. When they are finally shipped to market, they are packed together tightly – sometimes without proper ventilation and/or air to breathe. When they arrive at their destination, they can feel the desperation in the air because of how they are being mistreated! At the slaughterhouse, they are treated with contempt by the workers with all their slaughtering machinery – designed to kill & process each creature with the most efficiency possible. These poor creatures face particularly great shock & horror at the hands of incompetent uncaring idiots working at the slaughterhouse! Sometimes the workers are careless when they are putting these creatures down where it takes many attempts to kill the creature – extending the misery & torture on the poor creature!

        My Goal
        My goal is to change how these farmed creatures are treated; To ensure that each are given a sense of overall well-being & enjoyment of life from their birth to their death & everything in-between! Even if these creatures are being raised as eventual food for humans, there is no reason why they have to suffer at all – at any time along the journey! I believe that each farmed creature has the right to be the beneficiary of a civilized society, to be nurtured & cared for by loving hands – where all their many needs are properly supplied – for their whole life – in a timely & considerate manner. The welfare of every farmed creature implicitly includes the well-being of their whole body, mind & spirit. Every farmed creature’s individual welfare – whether on a farm, in transport, at an auction or at a place of slaughter – must be considered in terms of their basic inherent indispensable intrinsic Expectations, Rights, Freedoms, Needs & Privileges granted to them in-Law by a civilized society of the 21st Century.

        Every farm creature subjected to any situation created by any human – must at least be protected from all unnecessary stress, discomfort, pain &/or suffering as well as have all of their basic necessities of life properly met & supplied by those responsible for their welfare – in a timely, thoughtful, complete & considerate manner from each creature’s perspective.
        These desirable states outline the just & right requirements that are due to each farmed creature during their lifetime – based on their species, size, shape, instincts & innate temperament. These rights, freedoms, acknowledged needs & privileges form a logical & comprehensive framework for the analysis & evaluation of their state by each public authority – within each animal husbandry system, given the terms of reference within. These rights, freedoms, acknowledged needs & privileges combine with their custodians’ mandatory necessary steps & continuous generous provisions for each farmed creature under their jurisdiction – over the entire lifetime of each farmed creature – from birth to death. Codification & vigorous enforcement of all this – will safeguard, maintain & improve each farm creature’s wellbeing during their lifetime – ensuring that they enjoy the best possible life during their relatively brief stay as guests of a civilized 21st century society on planet earth.

        Basic Rights, Freedoms & Privileges Summary
        The following rights, freedoms, acknowledged needs & privileges are due to each & every farmed creature – define the ideal objective states to be realized by each farmed creature during their relatively short but good lifetime as beneficiaries of a civilized 21st century society.
        1 Freedom To Be Comfortable all the time which includes freedom from Cold, Excessive Heat, Harm, Hunger, Thirst, Discomfort, Distress, Danger, Accumulated Defecant, Forced-feeding & Continuous – Confinement and/or Tethers.
        2 Freedom To Have & Enjoy Their Own Space with appropriate fresh clean bedding & clean fresh water continually provided. This includes enough space for them to move around & do what they please when they want to.
        3 Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour when safe for others – by being provided with adequate exercise area, quiet rest area – with concomitant darkness, and the appropriate company of their own kind, as is normal for their species.
        4 Freedom from Danger, Anxiety & Stress – provided by each caregiver – ensuring suitable conditions, systems, treatments & processes which avoid all farmed creatures having to suffer in any way at any time during their lifetime.
        5 Freedom from Pain, Injury & Disease – by prevention &/or intervention of an appropriate level of professional Veterinary Assistance – providing diagnosis, treatment & corrective measures in a timely manner – to meet all of the needs of the respective farmed creature – as and when they are due.
        6 Freedom from Incompetent, Uncaring, Barbaric Idiots – by ensuring that all persons attempting to work handling any animal – has the correct attitude, training & ability to properly manage the creatures that will be under their direct control.
        The above implies a continuous provision for all of each creature’s respective needs – based on their species. This may include a continuous provision of suitable climate controlled healthy protective housing. It also may include the provision of normal natural daylight & darkness cycles required by their species in order to thrive. In addition, it includes ready access to continuous fresh clean water, a comprehensive healthy robust diet to maintain their full health and vigour, together with the timely removal of all their defecant – all based on their particular species’ needs.

      4. lindabadham · ·

        I AGREE 100%

  2. Barbara Griffith · ·

    I live in the US and I was getting a news letter from a horse rescue in the UK. When i would get it I would always send them a email asking why they didn’t help to stop horse slaughter there? They were always claiming that they were working to enforce more humane methods of hauling the horses to the plants. They never would answer my Email so this time they did. The person that sent me the Email said in no uncertain words that they approved of humane horse slaughter.
    This was coming from a rescue that was always asking for donations so it looks like you can’t even trust a well known horse rescue anywhere it looks like. I cancelled my subscription to the newsletter. Even if you give a horse to a rescue you never know what will happen to it and that’s to bad.

  3. GASafeHorses · ·

    Theo solution to the entire problem is DON’T EAT MEAT! As the owner of 2 OTTB’s saved from slaughter auction at New Holland cannot describe how much they have added to our family. Would adopt again in a heartbeat!

    1. I I understand your sentiment about not eating meat I don’t. I am Vegan However we are talking about the European craze for hose meat This is a dark reality

      Our anger alone not going to change what happens in Europe All we can do is get horse slaughter stopped here in Canada and the US . To acomplish that,we have to create a focus with a plan and a time .line

      Solidarity, strategy taking the CFIA to task for malfeasance and a massive public awareness campaign is the only ” plan” that will work

      Thanks you so much for adopting the two precious horses you did This is so wonderful! You are a true angel for horses I grew up on a 400 acre farm in Kent England we had 7 horses and alll but one was rescued.

      I love and cherish every horse and every pony and wish. I could stop all this violent brutal horse slaughter, on my own . I cant …but will and do commit to creating an effort that will…. along side the many others who care so deeply.

  4. The fact that this abbatoir lost its’ license is a good thing. I saw nothing on the video that hasn’t been “surpassed” by our own Canadian horse-slaughter methods.
    Bouvry still has a license. Why?
    Could it be that Canada is more barbaric than Britain? Or that Canada just doesn’t care?
    I vote for both.

  5. LINDABADHAM · ·

    AND I BELIEVED IT WAS IN THE US AND CANADA. THE UK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM APPALLED DISGUSTED AND ASHAMED TO BE HUMAN ! WTF IS GOING ON IN THIS EVIL WORLD , THE CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IS HORRENDOUS. POOR HORSES GOING TO THEIR DEATHS AND ARE BEATEN BEFORE THEY DIE !!!!!!!!!!!!! SOMETHING MUST BE DONE !!!

  6. Reblogged this on Out of the Shadows and commented:
    This has to stop–everywhere. There is no humane way to slaughter a horse. Period.

  7. marni montanez · ·

    This is outrageous!! These inhumane barbaric, deviants who mistreat animals just because they can. This is so appalling and these authorities who can do something to stop this abuse must do something.

    1. The so called “Authorities” are the very groups (s) that is/are condoning this . With sincere respect, It’s no use ranting at them. They will do NOTHING! You must take that anger you feel and tell 10 other people about this cruel inhumane industry!

      We/ you, as the public have to do something and that ” something” is educating the 95% of the population that don’t know the truth and violent brutality behind horse slaughter. Like the Seal Hunt it is was only through ” education and awareness that we made any difference The Seal Hunt is dying and will be dead soon

      The same tactics have to be applied to the horse slaughter business. Think about what can you do as one person? One thing you can do is make 10 others aware of this Focus your energy and anger towards that effort? Talk others you know about creating “ solidarity” on this issue

  8. A s much as I am so very deeply distressed and so sad @ this abuse being filmed ect and the fact that horse DNA was found in UK burgers one positive is that for all the horses so cruelly beaten and slaughtered, their brutal deaths can only serve to add ammunition to our battle with horse slaughter in Canada and the US

    We can illustrate the brutal comparisons with and to our CFIA Canadian Food Inspection Agency that animal welfare standards are strictly enforced and violators’ punished in the UK…. but Canada’s food inspection agency thinks it can do just as it likes?

    Between all the work V Farrell RT Fitch Canadian Horses Defence Coalition and Team Defend America’s Horses, and all the work that Twyla Francois has done with Canadians for The Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CFTFA) re filming Canadian horse slaughterer, we have a great deal of knowledge and experience

    We have to stand together and create a strategy to confront the Canadian and US Government

    So many Canadians and US citizens just DONT KNOW about the reality and brutality of horse slaughter and we have to create some kind of blanket awareness campaign as the place to start.

    It has only been by saturating the public with brutal cruelty of the seal hunt that Canadians can shout out about it now There is power in knowledge and the public have NO VOICE ,WHEN THEY DONT KNOW The same has to and MUST be done for our beloved horses of any nationality US or Canadian, anywhere.

    We cannot control what is going the Uk and Europe but we can, I know we can do something about here this side of the pond We can also utilize events and issues directly connected to horse slaughter that are unfolding in Europe

    The efforts of individual organizations are vital because we each bring our own efforts to the forefront and in our way However there is tremendous power in a coalition and I feel this is the way we must go !

    In Canada we can call on Nick Wright of Animal Justice for legal advice and in the US we can look towards the Animal defence League We also now have Mercy for Animals CANADA here now based in Toronto. Twyla Francois is now the Director on Investigations for MFA Canada. We also have Sinnika Crossland Executive Director of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

    CFAWR founder is moving to Ontario in the Summer and is open to working with and doing all we can to come on board with some kind of concrete effort. Anyone with any thoughts, ideas or a response to my comments, please e mail me cfawr@telus.net Thank you

    This brutal slaughter MUST BE STOPPED Please can we all think about how we can take a first step?

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