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Slaughterhouse cruelty must stop

Animal Aid's campaign for mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in slaughterhouses has now gained record political support.

Some 134 MPs have signed a parliamentary motion in support of the initiative and 46 MPs have been photographed holding our campaign banner.

We have conducted undercover investigations in 10 randomly-chosen UK slaughterhouses and found evidence of cruelty and lawbreaking in nine.

This included animals being kicked, punched, burned with cigarettes and having their throats hacked at with a blunt knife while still fully conscious.

While slaughter can never be cruelty-free, we believe that independently monitored CCTV is a vital tool for curbing this kind of gratuitous violence.

ISOBEL HUTCHINSON

Campaign manager

Animal Aid

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