Reading Time: < 1 minute Workers were filmed throwing the animals (Photo: Animal Aid)
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Slaughterhouse workers from Lancashire have been sentenced after undercover filming revealed ‘truly shocking’ behavior.

Animal Aid’s investigation of Malik Food Group slaughterhouse in Burnley revealed workers ‘callously throwing’ sheep, as well as repeatedly hacking their throats rather than killing them with a single clean cut.

According to the organization, a slaughterman ‘warned his colleagues when the vet was approaching on multiple occasions’ which it says ‘suggests that they were clearly aware that their behavior was unacceptable’.


Animal Aid says it is ‘disappointed’ with the sentencing which consisted of a mixture of fines, one suspended sentence and community service.

None of the workers were banned from working with animals.

‘Justice has not been served’

“While it is positive that this long-running case has finally concluded, we certainly do not feel that justice has been adequately served. These lenient sentences in no way reflect the gravity of the terrible suffering that was inflicted on gentle animals at the most vulnerable time of their short lives,” Animal Aid said in a statement.

“It is important to emphasize that the shocking scenes we filmed at this slaughterhouse were by no means unique. We have filmed inside 15 slaughterhouses, and found lawbreaking in almost every case. Incidents filmed at other slaughterhouses include animals being beaten, kicked and even burnt with cigarettes. But even when the law is followed to the letter, slaughter can never be cruelty-free. Slaughterhouses are merciless places, where animals’ lives are brutally taken from them.

“We would urge anyone who is shocked by this case to try a cruelty-free diet. Going vegan is the single best thing we can all do to help animals, and more and more people are embracing this compassionate way of life.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.