England: More Pig Abuse – New Undercover Investigation Reveals Shocking Brutality at East Anglian Pig Co.

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New undercover investigation reveals shocking brutality at East Anglian Pig Co.
Undercover investigation reveals shocking brutality 
exposing leading supermarket supplier in the UK
A new Animal Equality undercover investigation exposes the British Pig Industry again, revealing shocking brutality 
at East Anglian Pig Company (EAP), which is the third largest pork producer and leading supermarket supplier in the UK.

An undercover investigator worked at two different sites for a total of 29 days:

Little Thorns Weaner Unit:
This is a weaner unit, with approximately 8,000 to 10,000 pigs on site. At Little Thorns, the pigs were bred outdoors in six sheds for a period of 6 to 8 weeks, before being sent to the finishing units.

Didlington, The Piggery:
This is a breeding unit, with 3,000 pigs on site and over 700 female pigs. The pigs are raised outdoors, and fattened indoors. Over 300 pigs are sent to the slaughterhouse from this facility each week.

Animal Equality proves once again that, regardless of whether a farm is labeled as being ‘higher welfare’, ‘Quality Assured’ or monitored by the RSPCA, there exists pain, suffering and exploitation on a huge scale.

Animal Equality’s investigation has received statements of support from leading international experts, including a renowned British veterinarian, Professors and animal behaviourists.

Sickly piglets were killed by blunt force trauma. These animals were grasped by their hind limbs and brutally whipped head-first multiple times against a hard surface. In some instances, whereby the animals did not die following the blunt force head trauma, a worker tried to suffocate the piglets by placing his hand on the animal’s muzzle and then placing his foot over the throat.
Extreme confinement within sow stalls and farrowing crates resulted in the pigs being subject to extreme movement restrictions, as they were unable to turn around.
Stereotypies were readily observed. Female pigs were frequently observed bar-biting, and one pig demonstrated excessive swaying behaviour.
Pigs appeared to suffer significant injuries. Deep abrasions were evident on the backs of some individuals, and several piglets were lame or paraplegic, probably as a result of spinal trauma.
Piglets appeared to have abrasions and ulcerative lesions on their joints. Such wounds can lead to secondary infections as a result of bacterial and ammonia contamination from the environment, further perpetuating the condition.
Several dead piglets were present in the farrowing crates, most likely the result of crushing from the sow.
Piglets were beaten in the head with an iron bar, and an adult lame pig was shown with a twine muzzle over the snout. The animal was struggling and clearly suffering.
Several amputated tail segments were observed, most likely as a result of tail docking. Tail docking in commercial piggery units is normally performed on young piglets without the use of anesthetic and can be a highly painful procedure.
Workers moved adult pigs by kicking them and one female pig was repeatedly slapped and punched across her sensitive muzzle and head.
Weaners were thrown aggressively around by their fragile limbs.
A worker grabbed an adult pig by his tail for restraint whilst cutting and hacking the caudal thigh. The animal was not afforded any sedation or anesthesia.

• The East Anglian Pig Company is owned by Cranswick Plc – a leading UK food supplier that manufactures and supplies products to the food service sector, food producers and grocery retailers within the UK, such as

Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, The Cooperative Food, Waitrose and ASDA.

• The company produces a range of products, its brands include Jamie Oliver, Weight Watchers, Richard Woodall, The Black Farmer, Red Lion Foods, Reggae Reggae, Simply Sausages and Yorkshire Baker.
• Cranswick Pork is also used to make famous dishes served in McDonald’s such as the Sausage & Egg McMuffin. Cranswick had been named supplier of the year at the OSI McDonald’s Awards on 4th April 2011.
Please visit: http://www.britishporkindustry.co.uk/

England: Update – ‘Animal Aid’ Cruelty Case Gets 2 Slaughterhouse Workers Jailed – And the Very People (Government) Who Should Have Prosecuted, Refused to Do So. Shame on the Conservative Government Yet Again.

There has been some positive news today regarding pig abusers at a slaughterhouse who were caught on undercover filming.

Our previous post (July 2011) on this issue:


Source: Animal Aid – http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/NEWS/news_slaughter//2688//

Cheale Meats animal abusers sentenced
Posted 25 April 2012

Today, two former Cheale Meats slaughterhouse employees received jail sentences after pleading guilty to offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The men had been caught on covert cameras placed by Animal Aid in March and April last year.

Last week, Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta from Southend admitted three charges relating to stubbing cigarettes out on the faces of pigs, while his colleague Kelly Smith from Benfleet admitted two counts relating to beating the animals with excessive force and frequency. Wasiuta was jailed for six weeks, and Smith for four weeks. Their prison terms were reduced from nine to seven weeks, respectively, because they had pleaded guilty to the charges. It is understood that both intend to appeal their sentences.

The prosecutor described how one pig was hit more than 30 times in 62 seconds, including around the head. That both men were in positions of responsibility and both used weapons were aggravating factors.

The cruelty caused public outrage when the footage was broadcast on national news last year. Despite the clear abuse of animals, Defra, the government department which had responsibility for bringing a prosecution, refused to do so, stating erroneously that the footage would not be admissible in court. The bench at Westminster Magistrates Court was last week shown the footage. Animal Aid has long believed that the decision not to prosecute was politically motivated. In September, Defra’s responsibility for prosecuting was removed and given instead to the Crown Prosecution Service, which brought this case.

Says Animal Aid’s Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler:

‘We are satisfied that Wasiuta and Smith have now been brought to justice. Their acts of cruelty were inexcusable and caused untold suffering to animals who were already scared and vulnerable. However, many other slaughterhouse workers, who also caused serious and deliberate suffering to animals, have escaped justice because this government refused to act. We are now calling on the Food Standards Agency to look again at two other cases to see whether charges may be brought under the Animal Welfare Act.
‘Our detailed investigations have found illegality in eight of the nine slaughterhouses we visited, despite government-appointed vets being present in all of them. The current regulatory system does not work. It does not catch those who abuse animals. But this case proves that properly placed and independently-monitored cameras do work, and we renew our call for Defra to make CCTV mandatory to catch those who abuse animals and to act as a disincentive to those who might consider it.’
Ninety-five MPs have now signed EDM 2273, which calls for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses.


Jim Paice – the Uk Government Minister (Defra) who (Typically) REFUSED to Act on this issue.








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