Animal Slaughter

CCTV In Slaughterhouses Is A Win, But It's Only A Small One

Millie Diamond | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Millie Diamond

Image: Author's own The environment secretary, Michael Gove, has announced that CCTV will now be compulsory in all slaughterhouses in England. This i...

Animal Sacrifice: Celebrating Mercy With An Act Of Violence

Teuta Turani | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK
Teuta Turani

Only when we understand the mere symbolic function that ritual sacrifice has nowadays, will we be able to eradicate the need for it and perhaps further succeed in the attempts of a universal understanding and denouncement of animal cruelty that is not necessarily culturally relative.

Halal Slaughterhouse, Filmed Abusing Animals, Is Now In Even More Trouble

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK

WARNING: This report contains graphic images A halal slaughterhouse where workers were secretly filmed abusing animals has reportedly gone into adm...

Anti-Religious Slaughter Campaigners Are So 'Obsessed' They're Neglecting Animals, Jewish Group Claims

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK

A Jewish group has accused animal welfare campaigners of having a "fixation with religious slaughter" and complained that their focus on banning Jewis...

Halal Is Not the Problem and CCTV Is Not the Answer

Louise Mead | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Louise Mead

It's much easier to feel outraged about animal suffering when it's somebody else's fault and somebody else who needs to change their behaviour. Which is one of the reasons why this story has given renewed vigour to campaigns to remove religious exceptions to stunning and for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses.

Animal Welfare Is 'Highest Priority' Says Halal Slaughterhouse Filmed Torturing And Taunting Sheep

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK

WARNING: This report contains graphic content, viewer discretion is advised. A halal slaughterhouse where workers were secretly filmed hacking at ...

Sick Halal Slaughterhouse Men Caught Kicking And Abusing Terrified Animals

PA | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK

UPDATE: Animal Welfare Is 'Highest Priority' Says Halal Slaughterhouse Filmed Torturing And Taunting Sheep Four slaughtermen have had their operati...

Huge Outcry Over Religious Slaughter

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the British government prohibit the slaughter of animals without stunning them first...

Animal Slaughter, Usually Hidden From View, Provokes Public Debate

Pro Journo | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Pro Journo

By Amy Jeffs, BA (recent graduate), University of Cambridge CAMBRIDGE, England -- An e-petition is calling for Parliament to impose a U.K.-wide ban o...

The Shocking Truth About Non-Stun Slaughter

Philip Lymbery | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

Of all the issues that I deal with as the CEO of a farm animal welfare charity, slaughter is one that never fails to arouse great passions. Slaughtering animals without first stunning them into unconsciousness seems to be a particularly emotive issue...

To Stun or Not to Stun: That Should Be the Question

Philip Lymbery | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

EU and UK law requires that all animals must be stunned before slaughter. However there is an exemption for religious communities. A loophole that must be closed.

Muslims Are Taking Over the Country! One Subway at a Time...

Salman Butt | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Salman Butt

This halal meat fiasco has two separate elements to it: (i) the halal meat creeping into restaurant menus; and (ii) the incorrect presumption that slaughtering an animal is more cruel than "stunning" by electrocution, drowning, bashing it over the head or whatever else is in vogue.

'Halal Hysteria': Religious Exemptions From Animal Welfare Law Are The Real Issue

Stephen Evans | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Perhaps the public outcry over Halal, or 'Halal hysteria' as some call it, is really a proxy for wider concerns many have about 'sharia creep' - the accommodation of Islamic practises in the UK, which they feel are starting to encroach on what were previously secular spaces.

Halal Meat Is Safe With Me, Says PM

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has promised that halal slaughter will be "safe in Britain" for as long as he remains in power, decrying the "intolerance" towards Musli...

The Pheasant Shooting Season Begins On October 1st...

Sue Cross | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

The pain the birds are subjected to when their beaks are cut has been compared to the pain humans' feel when a limb is amputated since, under the hard outer layer, beaks have blood vessels and nerve endings which make them as sensitive as fingers are to humans.

Not for Human Consumption: The Fastest of Fast-Fattening Diets Are on Factory Farms

Sue Cross | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Small farmers who rear their animals in a natural way call in vets to treat them when they are ill; meat industrialists do not. This business is all about providing food that is as cheap as it can possibly be. Keeping prices down means the industry cannot afford to care about the animals.

Foie Gras Might Be A Gourmet's Delight - But Its Production Process Could Not Be More Brutal

Sue Cross | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Post-mortems in slaughterhouses have shown that 30% to 70% have suffered severe injuries: bruised and broken bills; damaged throat muscles; maggot-infested neck wounds; multiple broken bones including wing fractures (the last attributed to a diet deficient in calcium).

Australia Has Again Been in Uproar About Revelations of Cruelty in an Egyptian Abattoir

Sue Cross | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

The Australian campaign group Ban Live Exports have catalogued a raft of severe animal welfare abuses. To western eyes these might seem exceptionally brutal but the fact is that in any intensive system once animals draw near their slaughter date cruelty rachets up.

If Your Easter Lamb Disappoints - Here's Why. The Case For The Vegan Option Continued.

Sue Cross | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

News of the thousands of sheep that were lost in last week's snow drifts has given us an insight into sheep farming. Warnings were issued several days...

Will Antibiotic Resistance Put an End to Factory Farming? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

If we are concerned about the over-use of antibiotics in human medicine then alarm bells should sound louder still when it comes to their use in intensive farming.

Paul McCartney - Here's An Idea!

Sue Cross | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

With all the furore surrounding the horse meat scandal it seems there is no better time the current advertising campaign promoting the new Linda McCartney range. But will it work?

Should We Care That Fish Might Feel Pain? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

In trawling nets, fish are trapped with rocks, debris and other sea life and dragged along the bottom of the sea for hours. Surely, in these circumstances, they must suffer fear, pain and stress?

Slaughterhouse Waste - It All Has to Be Dealt With: A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Thanks to the horse meat scandal tons of processed meat products are being removed from supermarket cabinets. The waste is huge. But the meat industry usually strives to avoid waste. Any part of an animal that can possibly be used for human consumption is made fit to eat, right down to the stripping of bones.

Blood Sports or Factory Farming? Which Is the Crueller? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Fighting bulls are selected for their aggressive spirit. Like racehorses bred for the track they are highly prized and their welfare is paramount. Beef cattle, on the other hand, are bred and reared purely for meat. Only a very small proportion are kept for breeding - nearly all bull calves are castrated.

Do Farm Animals and Humans Have Anything in Common? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

When our backs are against the wall, our fear and anxiety, our terrified, panic-stricken reaction, are just the same. How must animals feel when they are rounded up for slaughter and rushed up ramps onto lorries?