Animal Aid's campaign for mandatory CCTV and independent monitoring in all UK slaughterhouses. Helping vets to see what happens in the stunning and slaughter areas when they cannot be present.

Animal Aid filmed sheep, cows and a water buffalo being stunned over four days in October 2016.

Although the law says that animals must be subject to quick stunning or slaughter, some animals were documented being restrained for lengthy periods of time prior to being killed. In one clip a severely distressed water buffalo fights for his life, by desperately attempting to jump out of a restraint box after witnessing other animals being slaughtered.

Fearful sheep are documented running in circles to evade being stunned and in another incident slaughtermen appear to be laughing as an animal is twitching on the floor, having just been stunned. On two occasions already-dead cows are brought into the slaughterhouse on a forklift truck – their bodies were butchered and entered the food chain.

What happened?
No prosecutions were brought but the Food Standards Agency wrote to the slaughterhouse regarding two issues.