Self-proclaimed ‘Scotland’s finest’ salmon producer, The Scottish Salmon Company, was exposed for breaching welfare standards in an undercover investigation.
Workers clubbed live salmon and used their hands to rip open gills, an investigation by animal protection charity, Animal Equality UK, revealed.
Scottish salmon investigation
Animal Equality UK went undercover inside one of the company’s slaughterhouses. Fish were exposed to ‘prolonged pain’ during the slaughtering process, the charity stated.
Additionally, the footage shows fish’s gills being ripped and cut open whilst still conscious, as the stunning device is ‘often ineffective’.
Other works clubbed fish multiple times. This causes ‘extreme pain’ and ‘agony’ for the fish, the charity protest.
Animal Equality UK’s footage
‘Fish’s bodies are so sensitive, that would feel like a light touch to humans, is painful for them’, Animal Equality UK state.
The charity added: “Left to suffocate, their painful death is even more drawn out. Such careless slaughter methods would be illegal if they were happening to animals farmed on land in the UK.”
The Scottish Salmon Company
As a result of the footage, The Scottish Salmon Company has launched an internal investigation, The Times revealed.
The RSPCA is ‘extremely upset and concerned’ by the footage and suspended the company from its assured welfare scheme.
What happens on fish farms?
The Scottish Salmon Company has been approached for comment.
Watch the footage here.