Published On: Wed, May 6th, 2015 on 2:51 pm

Campaign bus to dare meat-eaters to ‘look behind the curtain’

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Yorkshire Slaughter Animal Cruelty

A worker pulls back a fist whilst holding a sheep by the throat.

Campaign group Animal Aid will be bringing their fight to Yorkshire and get residents to watch a short film that shows cases of cruelty in animal slaughterhouses in the UK.

The film will be screened on the side of a ‘Battle Bus’ in Harrogate town centre on 14 May, discreetly behind a curtain, showing undercover footage filmed inside slaughterhouses around the country – including Bowood Yorkshire Lamb in nearby Thirsk.

Yorkshire Slaughter Animal Cruelty

A sheep choked by a worker.

Fly-on-the-wall cameras captured sheep being kicked in the face, being smashed into solid objects headfirst and thrown by their legs, fleeces, throats and ears.

Workers were also recorded laughing at a sheep whilst it bled to death and more were caught frightening the sheep by waving knives and smacking them on the head.

At least one employee has been sacked as a result, and three more have had their slaughter licenses suspended. A case is also being built for prosecution.

The film in the ‘Battle Bus’ will cover a cross-section of randomly selected British slaughterhouses, showing animals being kicked, punched, beaten, burned with cigarettes and electrocuted with stunning equipment.

Animal Aid campaigner Andrew Butler said: “We’re daring meat-eaters to look behind the curtain and see where their meat really comes from.

“If people are prepared to buy meat – to pay someone to slaughter an animal on their behalf – we think people should see the truth of what that involves. And if people can’t stand to watch it, maybe they should ask themselves whether it’s right for them to be eating meat.”

The group will also be handing out free information about meat-free diets, including recipes, shopping tips and nutritional advice.

Images: Animal Aid.

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