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Report on Uk slaughterhouses worse than bullfighting and fox hunting.

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Offline harryabbott

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« on: September 03, 2009, 13:38 PM »
I think we are just in danger of being called hypocritical when we complain about "the Spanish" as though our treatment of animals was in some way better or justifiable.
How many of us are vegetarian? We do not need to eat meat to be healthy so what is our justification for supporting the industrial process described below by journalist Liz Jones?

these pitiful sounds of slaughter.
Visit www.animalaid.org.uk/go/10min.

The old dairy cow makes her way into the narrow pen. She is terribly thin; every bone sticks out.
No one has bothered to milk her, so her udder strains obscenely near her hooves.
She has spent her life giving milk to us; she has had seven or eight calves taken away.
In the queue ahead of her, another dairy cow is so terrified she bellows and twists her head, frantically trying to turn.

Her head is clamped, a bolt put in her brain. In the butchery department, her head is almost severed: regulations to prevent BSE mean her spinal cord is left intact.
A man starts to hack off her left front hoof. Incredibly, the cow bends it, then moves the other front leg away, over and over again.
In another pen, a group of pigs wait to be stunned. The man uses electric tongs on a pig but instead of ensuring a shock of perhaps two or three seconds, he merely brushes the pig’s head.
It staggers around, desperately trying to stand, so the man tongs another pig instead, and then another, leaving the first to recover before he goes back to it.
A group of lambs are in the pen now, suckling at their mothers. A ewe is stunned as her youngster suckles; as the mother is dragged away, her throat slit in plain view, the lamb bleats, confused, and tries to suckle elsewhere.
In another group, as the last one or two lambs are left, they try to escape. One scrambles into a bucket.
The noise of their bleating is unbearable but what is worse is that the men, who have daubed a graffito, Death Row, on the walls, address the animals, who have done nothing wrong other than to be born, as ‘bastards’ and worse.
All of the scenes above were shot using concealed cameras put in place by Animal Aid, a national campaign group, in three British slaughter houses.
The film belies the notion of ‘humane’ slaughter, of the comforting thought that buying British is some sort of guarantee that no animal suffered unnecessarily.
Regulations and guidelines are routinely flouted. That youngsters should be dispatched first. That animals should be stunned only once.

In the film it’s clear the suffering is not isolated: 99.6 per cent of pigs filmed at one abattoir were not stunned in accordance with guidelines.
Most were stunned at least twice; several four times. At another, out of 90 sheep killed in one session, only one per cent were killed within the 15-second guideline.
Aldiss agreed that ‘some of the practices in the video clip are utterly appalling and cannot in any way be condoned. Action must be taken directly and immediately’.
I showed the footage to the Rev Prof Andrew Linzey, director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, who told me the footage raises ‘disturbing questions about the meaning and effectiveness of existing slaughter regulations’.
If, today, you are planning a roast lunch, then you are complicit in what is happening. Please follow the link below, watch the footage and decide whether this is something you can stomach. Visit www. animalaid.org.uk/go/10min.

Read more: http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/debate/article-1209923/Can-Mr-Benn-really-unmoved-pitiful-sounds-slaughter.html#ixzz0Q2aUd73b

Offline Maria

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009, 16:25 PM »
Well I can hold my head up high ive been a vegetarian for 27 years, I turned vegetarian when I was 12 and have a very healthy diet without meat or fish.
I believe everyone has the right to eat meat but should be aware of where and how it ended up on their plate and not turn a blind eye to it.

I have a friend here who raises and slaughters his own animals but the authorities are now making him pay for someone to come and collect the animal, take it to the slaughter house, pay for someone to slaughter it and pay for someone to bring the dead animal back  :speechless: Where is the logic in that? How much needless suffering does that animal have to go through because some pen pusher decided it was better this way!

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2009, 18:45 PM »
No comment - but posting this so others get to read it, rather than have it lost among so many other threads.
Technopat's disclaimer: If this posting seems over the top and/or gets your goat (Sp. anyone?), please accept my apologies and don't take it personally - it's just my instinctive tendency to put my foot in it whenever/wherever possible. See also: