At an Essex slaughterhouse two men are filmed stubbing out lighted cigarettes on the heads of pigs; at another “meat processing plant” a worker kicks animals and hits them in the face with metal shackle hooks and sadistically sends powerful electric shocks through ears, snouts and even open mouths. Elsewhere, ewes are stunned (rendered unconscious by electrically charged tongs) while lambs are suckling them, a sheep too sick to stand is brought to the killing area in a wheelbarrow, and animals are stamped upon to keep them still and compliant.

These are amongst the most distressing images from ...


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