Forgotten fish- a harrowing investigation

Animal Equality’s undercover footage has revealed animals suffering from prolonged pain in a Scottish Salmon Company slaughterhouse. The investigation, showing fish-killing processes, is the first of its kind to be released in the UK.

The Scottish Salmon Company supplies major UK supermarkets Waitrose and Co-op, alongside premium retailers, hotels, and restaurants. The corporation also has a global reach, exporting its products to over 20 countries across the world.

In the UK, up to 77 million fish are raised and killed every single year – that’s over two per second.

Today, we released our latest investigation. As the first of its kind showing undercover footage from within a Scottish salmon slaughterhouse, it is truly groundbreaking.

Several extremely serious animal welfare cases of abuse were witnessed. A significant number of salmon were filmed fully conscious when killed; others were thrown to the ground and left to languish.

The company that owns and operates the slaughterhouse has been linked to Waitrose and the Co-op.

Scottish produce is often perceived by consumers as synonymous with ‘higher welfare’ and ‘higher quality’ practices, yet our investigation shows that even with stunning machinery in use, there is chaos, confusion, and unimaginable suffering.

Our investigation shows that fish need stronger protection.

Despite a stunning device being in place in this facility, numerous salmon displayed consciousness at the time of slaughter, evidenced by flapping, wriggling, and grasping motions.

 

Many salmon’s gills were cut when they were still conscious, causing them to be in agony for up to several minutes as a result.

Some salmon were stunned with a club after their gills were cut, causing their blood to spray out. In some instances, conscious animals were clubbed as many as seven times.

With so many animals entering the slaughterhouse, many fish fell or were thrown, to the floor when the chute was full. Left to suffocate, their painful death was even more drawn out.

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In the UK, up to 77 million fish are raised and killed every single year – that’s over two per second.

There is ever-growing recognition within the global scientific community that fish are able to experience pleasure and pain, much like dogs, cats, cows, pigs, and other animals.

Fish are the most consumed animals on earth, yet they receive very few protections in law.

Worst of all, fish are not specifically protected by slaughter regulations meaning that they often endure the most brutal and painful of deaths. Many die from suffocation or from being clubbed to death – these are normal industry practices.

That’s why, alongside our investigation, we are presenting an open letter to the UK Government calling for them to amend existing legislation to include farmed fish and other aquatic animals.

Today, our investigation has been published in The Times” and will reach millions of people. But we still need your support.

We need our investigation to be seen and shared as widely as possible – to make sure fish are not forgotten.

Animal Equality is urging UK governments to put in place meaningful, specific protections for aquatic animals at the time of slaughter. This is the very least these animals deserve and yet currently they are not afforded even this.

We’re not alone.

Our open letter, addressed to ministers across the UK, has been signed by 70 world-leading animal welfare experts, academics, and animal protection organizations.

https://animalequality.org.uk/act/scottish-salmon

And I mean…In the open sea, fish are caught in huge nets and squeezed together.

The animals’ bodies are ruthlessly crushed in the nets. Fish lying further up in the nets suffocate in the air because they do not need anesthetic. Those that survived the transport from the water onboard are sometimes still processed alive. Other fish are stored and prepared in a state somewhere between dead and alive.
Pulled on board, numerous fish are stabbed, trampled, and beaten to death or thrown alive into the freezer, where they slowly and painfully suffocate.
Many are still alive if their gills and stomach are cut open.

There is the saying … “If fish could scream, people would be much more sensitive to the suffering of fish.”
That’s not true!
We have learned to hear nothing, to see nothing, and consequently do nothing against the violence that is used on animals every day.
Even if the screaming becomes loud, we have learned not to feel anything, which in other words means not to feel responsible for the suffering that we ourselves cause.
Worse still, we consider it our right to cooperate with the system that makes us indifferent killers.

The human-animal is one of many living beings on this earth that has the same right to live here as other living beings.

And: Anyone who maltreats or tortures an animal devalues his own humanity.

My best regards to all, Venus

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