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    JOIN A PEACEFUL VIGIL OUTSIDE AN ESSEX ABATTOIRE

    BEARING WITNESS TO ANIMALS GOING FOR SLAUGHTER

    Hello again,

    If you're passionate about animal welfare
    (or even just curious), and are in the Essex area on Monday 13th March, you might like to join a peaceful vigil outside an abattoir near Basildon. The event is being organised by Essex Pig SAVE (part of the SAVE Movement). You can find more here:
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    but if you don't do Facebook, the vigil will be held outside Cheale Meats on Little Warley Hall Lane, Little Warley, West Herndon, Brentwood, CM13 3EN between 7am - 12.30pm. All welcome, hope to see some of you there.

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    Just for some background info, the Save Movement is a worldwide network of people who come together to bear witness to farmed animals in the last hours of their lives before slaughter. The movement holds vigils outside abattoirs across the world, offering animals compassion and love in their last hours before death.

    Sounds cooky, but it's truly a very powerful activity - not only
    for those participating and for the animals themselves (who experience gentle, caring, human contact - possibly for first time in their lives), but also for the workers, truck drivers, owners coming in and out of the abattoirs.

    These are
    peacefulvigils, (not protests or demonstrations); we are there just to bear witness to the suffering of the animals, not to preach or intimidate or be in any way aggressive or confrontational.

    The broader goals of the movement are to peacefully raise awareness about the plight of farmed animals and the brutality of the meat & dairy industry, to sow the seeds of veganism and to build a grassroots animal justice movement. There are many SAVE groups across the UK - more info is available here:
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    "When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to him who suffers, and try to help him" - Leo Tolstoy.


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    What have this particular abattoir done. Are they renowned for bad animal welfare?

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    Fucking bastards.


    Please make complaints about the disgusting treatment of pigs at Cheale Meats' Elmkirk abattoir


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    Animal Aid has recently released footage shot secretly at Elmkirk Ltd (Cheale Meats), an Essex-based, family-run slaughterhouse that kills up to 6,000 pigs a week and whose website proclaims: ‘Be proud of higher welfare, buy British pork.’

    The film – which was recorded on a number of secretly installed cameras over a period of four days – shows three different workers stubbing their cigarettes out on the faces of pigs, while one of the men landed a violent punch on the face of a pig who was walking by.

    In addition, three seriously injured pigs were forced to crawl from the lairage, through the race and into the stun pen. Animal Aid’s cameras followed them as they were pushed, dragged by their ears and kicked along. Such treatment breaches the welfare laws multiple times (see below). See the Sky New Investigation here:
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    <p>We need a real barrage of complaints about this terrible story - to the company, to the RSPCA (this abattoir is RSPCA Freedom Food approved) and to the relevant MPs (Defra say they won't be prosecuting) so please share this note.</p><p></p>
    Please sign this online petition:
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    Cheale Meats have taken down their website since the exposť and have disabled email but you can write to then to express your disgust:

    Cheale Meats Ltd.
    Little Warley Hall Lane
    Little Warley
    Brentwood
    Essex
    CM13 3EN

    * You can also telephone: (01277) 811631

    Please also call or email the RSPCA to make a complaint - they say that this investigation strengthens their calls for CCTV to be installed in all slaughterhouses but fail to mention that this slaughterhouse is RSPCA Freedom Food approved which means, according to their website "We inspect farms against the RSPCA welfare standards, but we also check the animals are handled, transported and slaughtered to the RSPCA’s standards too."

    * Telephone: 0300 1234 555
    * Online contact:
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    Please also complain to the relevant Ministers of Parliament about the decision not to prosecute Cheale Meats:

    * Contact Eric Pickles, MP for Brentwood here:
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    * And Jim Paice, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food at Defra here:
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    Please note how the treatment of the injured pigs breaches the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations in a number of ways:

    1. The occupier of a slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard and any person engaged in the movement or lairaging of animals shall ensure that pending the slaughter or killing of any sick or disabled animal in the slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard, it is kept apart from any animal which is not sick or disabled. (Schedule 3, Part II 2 (e))
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    2. The occupier of a slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard and any person engaged in the movement or lairaging of any animal shall ensure that any animal which has experienced pain or suffering during transport or following its arrival at the slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard is slaughtered or killed immediately. (Schedule 3, Part II, paragraph 4 (a))
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    3. The occupier of a slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard and any person engaged in the movement or lairaging of any animal shall ensure that any animal which is unable to walk is not dragged to its place of slaughter or killing but is slaughtered or killed where it lies; or if it is possible and to do so would not cause any unnecessary pain or suffering, is transported on a trolley or movable platform to a place of emergency slaughter or killing where it is then immediately slaughtered or killed. (Schedule 3, Part II, paragraph 5 (a,b))
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    4. The occupier of a slaughterhouse or knacker’s yard and any person engaged in the movement of any animals shall ensure that every animal is moved with care and, when necessary, that animals are led individually. (Schedule 3, Part II, paragraph 9)
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    5. No person shall inflict any blow or kick to any animal. (Schedule 3, Part II, paragraph 12)
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    6. No person shall lift or drag, or cause or permit to be lifted or dragged, any animal by the head, horns, ears, feet, tail, fleece or any other part of its body in such a way as to cause it unnecessary pain or suffering. (Schedule 3, Part II, paragraph 7)
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    Cheale Meats is the ninth UK slaughterhouse to be secretly filmed by Animal Aid in the past two-and-a-half years. The national campaign group has identified legal breaches in seven of the previous eight – some of them so serious that one slaughterhouse was forced to close down. Cases were built for the prosecution of nine men and four slaughterhouse operators before a change of government brought a change of heart, and all the cases were dropped. Defra, under the coalition government, said that, unlike its Labour predecessor, it could not proceed because the evidence was obtained without the permission of the slaughterhouses. Animal Aid believes that this is a politically motivated excuse and cites the recent Panorama programme, which secretly filmed care home workers without the permission of the owners, and whose film is being used to prosecute.

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    Thats truly horrific!Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the vigil,due to work commitments,can you please update us?Thankyou.

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    The report was August 2011. I hope things have improved there by now.

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    Hi Ma. Not sure what you mean by 'improve'? The SAVE movements isn't seeking to 'improve' abattoirs, it's seeking to bear witness to, and shine a light on, the hundreds of thousands of innocent animals slaughtered on a daily basis across the world.
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    Originally Posted by ctaniab
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    Yes, but does it matter?
    Yes of couse it matters . You are clearly a vegan/vegetarian so any abattoir is going to be bad . I eat meat and raise my own sheep, pigs and chickens . I want abattoirs to be as humane and unstressful as possible for the animals as possible. I slaughter the chickens myself, but if I want to sell or give meat to anyone else it has to be killed at an abattoir. That is the law. The one I use is in my opinion as good as they can get , where the animals are treated with respect and I can watch the whole process should I wish.
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    Of course, we all choose our own paths, and I genuinely don't want to sound like just another sanctimonious vegan, but IMHO no abattoir is humane - murder is not a humane business. Caring about one's animals, treating them with respect, worrying about their welfare, and then cutting their throat (or pay someone else to do it)? It makes no sense to me, any way. Of course, I don;t want animals to be tortured in the process, but to pretend that there's such a thing as a humane death is deluding ourselves.

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    Originally Posted by ma bungo
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    where the animals are treated with respect
    Sorry but it's delusional to think that the act of taking another's life against their will for our own gain, is in any way respectful.

    We've become so desensitised to animal cruelty that there' s only outrage if they get kicked or punched. Why is cutting their throats acceptable?
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    I'd ban all inhumane religious ritual slaughter, there's no place for that garbage in todays society.
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    Agreed.

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    All slaughter is inhumane. Chickens that aren't killed halal still frequently miss the stunning process and have their throats cut when they're fully conscious. What's the difference?
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    When I say respectful , I mean how the animal is treated up to the second it is killed . One point I would like to make though , is how are vegetarians that partake in dairy products any better than meat eaters , the dairy industry is the most cruel on the farming spectrum .
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