News broke this morning of Animal Aid‘s investigation of Bowood Lamb, a slaughterhouse in Yorkshire. Taken over three days in December, the investigation found that sheep were beaten and had their throats hacked open while they were still conscious.
Gruesome as the footage is, the actual slaughter, whether the animal is stunned before being killed or not, is only part of the long and blatantly cruel process of modern meat production.
The vast majority of the 1 billion animals eaten every year in the UK are raised on filthy, crowded factory … Read more.
How do public perceptions of the UK meat industry match up with the reality?
Watch the video to find out:
The meat industry often uses labels such as “organic”, “grass-fed”, “free-range” and “high-welfare” to market its products. But these labels are designed to make consumers feel better – not animals.
As our video shows, investigations have revealed time and time again that shocking abuse of animals occurs on farms and in abattoirs that claim to have the highest standards – including those with Red Tractor and Freedom Food certifications.
Examples of cruel … Read more.
More than 26,000 of you took action last month to ask Wychavon District Council to refuse planning permission for a cruel new chicken factory farm in Worcestershire. And the council listened!
Council members voted unanimously against the proposal to build an intensive broiler chicken unit in the village of Upton Snodsbury, which would have confined 160,000 birds at a time to filthy, crowded sheds. Applause actually broke out in the council chamber when this excellent decision was announced.
This is great news both for the local community – which would have … Read more.
Readers were shocked by details that emerged during the trial of a Kent man who allegedly groomed a young girl online, intending to rape, kill, dismember and eat her. The disturbing conversations alleged to have taken place on fetish websites frequented by the man are enough to make even the most hardened reader shudder. “I don’t like waste”, he allegedly assured the 14-year-old. “I’ll eat everything from your feet to your face.”
Wait … haven’t we heard this somewhere before???
Human beings do commit similarly vile and depraved acts on innocent victims … Read more.
“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”
– Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney’s famous words ring true for anyone who’s glimpsed the terrible things that happen to animals in abattoirs. But in the UK, far from having “glass walls”, most abattoirs are not even properly monitored, allowing shocking abuse to happen behind closed doors.
Animal Aid investigated nine randomly chosen UK abattoirs and found breaches of welfare laws in eight of them. Animals were kicked, slapped, stamped on, beaten, punched, burned with cigarettes and picked up by their fleece and ears … Read more.
We recently asked our supporters to join us in opposing plans to build an intensive broiler chicken production facility in Upton Snodsbury, Worcestershire.
We were overwhelmed by the response.
More than 26,000 people signed our letter to the Wychavon District Council urging planning officers to reject the proposal, which would condemn up to 160,000 chickens at a time to a life of unabated misery. On broiler farms – where chickens are raised for meat – birds are crammed into dark filthy sheds. They usually have the ends of their sensitive beaks cut … Read more.
Halal meat has been hitting the headlines this week, with revelations that several major UK restaurants, including PizzaExpress and Subway, have been “secretly” selling it to customers.
Here’s the thing: no religion needs to slaughter animals for food. For anyone who’s concerned about animals raised and killed for food, there is only one label that really matters: “vegan”. Yes, people have a right to know what – or who – is in their food, but the simple solution to avoid mystery-meat scandals is to eat plant-based meals, which are kinder to animals … Read more.
In Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister may face his share of bloodshed and violence, but in real life, Peter Dinklage, the actor who plays him, is a real softie. As a longtime vegetarian, Peter actively abstains from violence through his diet, saving many animals’ lives a year.
In a new video for PETA US, he urges meat-eaters to face their food and reflect on the harmful effects of the meat, egg and dairy industries.
If you found watching the video harrowing, imagine what it feels like for animals who endure this … Read more.
We often hear people say that they can’t bear to watch videos of animals suffering – suffering which is a reality for billions of animals every year. Perhaps those who can’t face watching how meat or dairy products are really made can bring themselves to listen instead.
The shrieking noises of chickens reveal the suffering that they experience for the purpose of producing eggs. Chickens are kept in severely crowded conditions,where mesh rubs off their feathers, chafes their skin and cripples their feet. They are often debeaked, a painful mutilation in … Read more.
It may be 1 April, but we’re not pulling your leg. Meat and other animal products contain some extremely disturbing ingredients. Cruelty, for a start – but also some other stuff that’s just, well, gross.
Unfortunately, the following 10 facts about what’s really in meat and dairy products are 100 percent true – we’d just advise you not to read them while you’re tucking into a hamburger or any other food that contains dead animals.
Farms feed chickens and pigs arsenic to help ward off infections in their filthy living conditions
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