#GoVegan No matter what the label says on meat, dairy and egg products, all animals will end up in a slaughterhouse. Labeling foods as humanely raised or organic doesn't mean cruelty free.
The photo below was taken at Sturminster Newton abattoir in Dorset - a Soil Association approved slaughterhouse. Animal Aid filmed for two consecutive days and found the following... 12% of the 114 cows filmed had to endure multiple stuns to render them unconscious. Cows left for up to 65 minutes in the stunning box before they were stunned. The stun operator beating two cows with a squeegee mop.
By law, bovine stunning boxes must be fitted with a head restraint, there was no head restraint. In one incident two cows were crammed in together. The first could not move at all. The stun operator hit the second cow with the goad in the face and ribs – possibly using the electric charge – which had no effect. He then used the butt of the goad to hit the animal in the ribs. When that failed, he brought the gate down on the back of the second cow, which also had no effect, apart from causing additional pain. He continued to hit the cows in the neck, nose, back and side with the goad, and when that didn’t work, he fetched a broom, which he used to hit the second cow on the back and in the ribs (using both ends), and the first cow in the face. A second man arrived and goaded the second cow on his side, which finally caused him to reverse from the pen.
Animal Aid Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler said....
"Abattoirs are terror-filled environments where animals – who are treated as inanimate objects – may be beaten and goaded if they do not walk meekly to their deaths. The apparent absence of compassion at Sturminster Newton, along with the routine breaking of animal welfare laws, affirms what we have concluded from filming at other UK slaughterhouses: there is no such thing as humane slaughter."