Uk: Animal Organisation (Animal Aid) Undercover Animal Abuse Video Footage Forces Closure of English Slaughterhouse

SAV Comment:

Congratulations to Andrew, Kate and the crew at Kent based Animal Aid.  Excellent undercover work and quite rightly, this hell hole for animals now resigned to the scrap heap.

Go veggie, Go vegan, and cut out the animal abuse !

WARNING – The ‘More Information’ links given below show some of the undercover footage taken as part of this investigation.



Essex slaughterhouse exposé finds ‘unbearable cruelty and suffering’

Posted 27 June 2010

Animal Aid has today released footage taken secretly inside an Essex slaughterhouse that kills pigs. The film, which was shot over three days in April, shows scenes of extreme and deliberately-inflicted suffering, including use of electric tongs on animals’ snouts, tails and their open mouths. It was shot at A & G Barber’s abattoir in Purleigh, and is the seventh ‘red meat’ abattoir that the national campaign group has secretly filmed since January 2009. The Barber’s footage is the most shocking of all.

The Food Standards Agency has confirmed that one man has had his slaughter licence permanently revoked, and that both he and his employer are being investigated with a view to a prosecution.

Among the scenes filmed were:

  • Incompetent and inadequate stunning for almost every one of the 767 pigs filmed
  • Stunned pigs left to regain consciousness
  • The application of electric stunning tongs to snouts, ears and tails to encourage the animals to move or out of apparent malice
  • The use of electric stunning tongs around the bodies of animals, which does not stun but delivers instead a painful electric shock
  • Pigs being routinely kicked in the face
  • Pigs being hit in the face with shackle hooks, in one case, drawing blood

This is the seventh red meat slaughterhouse that Animal Aid has secretly filmed during the past 18 months, and the sixth where legal breaches have been recorded. As a result of this ongoing investigation, nine men from five slaughterhouses have been either suspended or have had their slaughter licences permanently revoked. Additionally, legal action has been taken or is underway against all nine men and also against four of the slaughterhouse operators.

Says Animal Aid Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler:

‘The suffering inflicted on pigs at A & G Barber’s is unbearable to watch. That these vulnerable animals are forced to endure terrible and deliberate cruelty while the slaughterer mocks their plight is absolutely shocking.

‘The system has failed to protect these animals from violence, and our investigations indicate that breaches of animal welfare laws are widespread and commonplace. Our campaign to have CCTV installed in all slaughterhouses – which now has the support of the Food Standards Agency – would help ensure best practice and provide evidence for prosecutions but it will never end the suffering. The only way to do that is to choose meat-free foods.’


More information:

Notes for Editors:

Since Animal Aid first released footage in August 2009, we have been calling for CCTV to be installed in all slaughterhouses to help vets monitor the stunning and slaughter process, to encourage best practice, to help with training and retraining and to provide evidence. We called for CCTV to be installed because it is clear from our investigations that the current monitoring system is inadequate and that many legal breaches and examples of bad practice are going undetected by vets.

We are now supported in this aim by the RSPCA, Compassion in World Farming, the Soil Association (which has given accreditation to two of the abattoirs we filmed) and – most importantly – the government’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The footage from our cameras is being used by Bristol University to help train abattoir vets and Soil Association inspectors, and by the FSA as evidence for prosecutions.

Additional slaughterhouse failings that Animal Aid aims to change include the poor provision of training for slaughterers, and the currently meaningless ‘fit and proper person’ test. Details on these can be found here:


 Slaughterhouse accused of ‘unbearable cruelty’ closes

19 August 2010 | By Alistair Driver

AN Essex slaughterhouse has been forced to close after secret filming inside it by animal welfare campaigners led to allegations of serious cruelty towards pigs.

A and G Barber, of Purleigh, used to kill a quarter of all cull sows in the UK. Its main buyer, said to be a German sausage manufacturer, cancelled its contract after viewing the footage, forcing the abattoir to close.

The abattoir was one of a number exposed in secret filming by Animal Aid earlier this year. The animal welfare group said the film, shot over three days in April, showed scenes of ‘extreme and deliberately-inflicted suffering’, including use of electric tongs on animals’ snouts, tails and in their mouths.

It said other breaches filmed include ‘incompetent and inadequate stunning’ for most of the 767 pigs filmed, stunned pigs left to regain consciousness, and pigs being routinely kicked in the face and hit in the face with shackle hooks.

One worker and the slaughterhouse operator still face prosecution.

Kate Fowler, Animal Aid’s head of campaign, criticised the failure of the regulatory system to pick up the abuses at an abattoir where veterinary inspectors were in attendance.

“It is appalling that the cruelties meted out to animals at A&G Barber were allowed to continue and that all regulatory systems failed to detect and stop the abuses,” she said.

“If Animal Aid hadn’t happened to film at the plant, we believe that workers would still be kicking, beating and causing deliberate suffering to pigs there. It is right and proper that companies who have seen our film shunned A&G Barber.”

Animal Aid has covertly filmed inside seven randomly chosen red meat slaughterhouses since January 2009. In six of the seven, it claims to have recorded ‘breaches of animal welfare laws and avoidable animal suffering’.

A Government-industry group formed by the Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) to address issues raised by the filming has proposed changes to the way staff are monitored in abattoirs.

The group fell short of accepting calls by Animal Aid and other campaigners for compulsory CCTV in abattoirs.

But it agreed that plant operators and Official Veterinarians must have effective procedures in place either to constantly monitor stunning and slaughter operations, or to enable them to ‘inconspicuously observe’ them ‘at any time’.

These arrangements may include an aperture or window into the stunning area or the use of CCTV, the group agreed.

The organisations represented, include various meat trade bodies, Defra, the Food Standards Agency and the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA), with the British Veterinary Association observing.

Serbia: Subotica City Authorities Play VERY Dirty System Tricks to Deny Having to Care for Strays at Shelter – Owner Told to Pay ALL Costs (Herself) for Strays Welfare or the Dogs Could be Taken and Killed

ACTION CONTACTS – People can write directly in support of Slavica and the EPAR dogs by sending e mail letters to the following:

Mrs Matilda Seker,

Mrs. Usumovic Davcik Masrija

Mayor of Subotica, Mr. Sasa Vucinic,

Mr Sasa Dragin- Minister of Agriculture

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Previous SAV Links relating to this saga:

Slavica from EPAR shelter is having very big problems with the Subotica city authorities – a self appointed authority to determine what is done to stray animals in the city. SEE LINKS ABOVE for more information.

Veterinary inspectors have demanded that Slavica must have all the (stray) dogs which Slavica cares for at EPAR shelter microchipped. 

The authorities have logged Slavica’s name on the city database as being the ‘owner’ of all the dogs; even though everything she has at EPAR shelter is an animal saved from the streets and certain death.

Because her name has been put onto the central register, Slavica has been recorded as the ‘owner’ of  all the dogs.  Because of this, Slavica is obligated to pay for the care of all the dogs at EPAR shelter out of her own money; even though she has taken the street dogs of Subotica City and saved them.  The city authorities are denying that the dogs at EPAR shelter are anything to do with their financial responsibility.  Instead, they have set up the database to show that Slavica is the ‘owner’ of the stray dogs, and as the owner she is responsible for paying for all their needs; removing any responsibility from the city authorities.

When Slavica met with the Subotica authorities last week to discuss the situation, the authorities informed her that only she, as the ‘owner’, has an obligation to pay for the care of the dogs at the shelter.  By making Slavica microchip every dog at the shelter, they can now record her name on the database as the owner of the dogs.  Thus the city (authorities) have no obligation to care for them.  The authorities were very rude to Slavica at the meeting.

Slavica knows that she is not the legal owner of the dogs; they are just at her shelter being cared for – they are strays.  But if she hands any of the dogs over to the authorities then they will kill them as the city authority is very keen at breaking the Serbian law and killing animals.

The authorities are playing a very sick, dirty and non legal game.

This is what Slavica has to say in her very own words about the situation –the text is un-edited and comes directly from Slavica:


This is their very perfide  and very  danger  dirty game. 

Vet inspectors have demand microchiping and vaccination all dogs or I will be punished because keeping  unmarked  dogs .I did do  and have pay .

By that way all marked dogs are under my name in Central Register of  dogs of Serbia. There are  a few who are not marked yet for now, because they ask more money and I had not . 

Now Director of vet department of Serbia , mr. Micovic  said  that I must pay all  for  care in all these  years in past and now , for everything what  was and will be  because I am owner of place  and of objects at the shelter – although I am only donator and fighter for these dog rights to live .

Mrs Matilda Seker – Chief of  Comumal Department of Subotica  and Maria Usumovic-Davcik ( there was present Adrijana Nadj our activist  too )said on meeting on 20-th August 2010., that  I must pay  everything for  keeping and  for everyhting for care dogs because I am owner because  so write in Central Register  and like  an owner  I have obligation  finance everything – But in other hand  , said mrs Matilda Seker , by new  Demand of  Comunity Subotica  – it is  in form of  Plan  for now, every owner  could  keeps only 2 dogs  and by that way  maybe I will be punished  because I have more then 2,and dogs will be killed by humane euthanasia – those 4 member Commision will make  lists for euthanasia ,  except 2 ,because I have more then 2, but  it will be  permited only 2.

By this way republic and local authorities violate animal  rights and  our human rights- they have plan kill animals and  they think that I will feel fear of them and  say ok  I will give dogs to shinters, please  just don`t punish me  – but I never will do  that .

Difference between these 2  is only  in fact that they couldn`t kill me – only punish me , but  they could kill dogs- they could ask  police assitance  if I  will not  collaborate  and if I don`t want give them dogs ,but by that way they will kill me indirectly, because I prefer  to do suicide in front of them , than give the dogs to the shinters –  because  if I give dogs to shinters by that way I  will  throw out  all dogs life and  throw out all my life mission too.

And If I be not able defend  these animals then my life is nothing and I am nothing and nobody .

After meeting ,I  have contact Ombudsman for human rights of Republic of Serbia and I told him all , he said me that it is correct that my human rights are violated, but  I must respect procedure and  like a first step I must go to Subotica`s Ombudsman for human rights – mr Zlatko Marasiuk  , and if he  do nothing then it would be necessary  that I  contact republic ombudsman, mr Jankovic”.


Currently, Slavica is going to present her information to the European Court – a process and system that she has been working with for a while now.  The court has asked Slavica to provide them with any new information when it happens.  This abuse of animal and human rights by the Subotica City authorities is very much an example of the corrupt systems which are happening in Serbia.

Slavica is now fighting for the lives of all the animals at EPAR shelter because the city authorities have corrupted the system to make her the ‘owner’ of street strays she has in her care.

Now we see what the European court will do from the evidence provided by Slavica.

One thing that could be said is that by these actions, Serbia is certainly not worthy of becoming a member state of the EU !

If you can help Slavica and the EPAR dogs with a donation:

lease use the following for any donations to EPAR shelter:

One of the best and cheapest ways to send money donations internationally is by Western Union. 

Transfer costs vary and are worked out simply depending on the amount of the donation – you only pay more if you donate larger quantities. 

In most countries donations can be done on line, by telephone, or visiting a local agent. 

Please look at the web site for further info:

For direct donations, the following EPAR account in Hungary should be used as a preference to Serbian accounts:

OTP Bank


Klauzal ter,5


Account number : 11775355-37518886


Address : Subotica 24000,Matka Vukovica, 9

IBAN : HU31117753553751888600000000



This way is the best, because in this way  tax for money transfer is  very low and it is not needed to pay tax to Serbian authorities who have done nothing for dogs, but ask high tax for donations.

Thank You so very much and

best regards

Slavica Mazak Beslic.


SAV Comment

Does anyone know of legal people who can give free help and advice to Slavica to fight this case better ?

Please help  if you are able.