England: Update 5/8/21 – Abuses At English Slaughterhouse. We Now Have Initial Reply From Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Petitions are good, but sometimes as individuals we have to take further actions to get any result. I think people are really out now to close this hell hole for animals down for ever.

Recently we covered in detail the issue of the English slaughterhouse which was not fit for purpose and which was non compliant with animal welfare legislation:

England: WAV Follow Up With Letter To Relevant Authorities Re English Slaughterhouse Abuses Filmed On CCTV. – World Animals Voice

England: Hewitt Slaughterhouse Abuses. WAV Now Write To Government Minister Responsible and Also To Food Standards Agency Re Veterinarian. – World Animals Voice

England: Shut Down Hewitt Slaughterhouse – Planned Events and Actions (If You Cannot Attend, Send A Letter) – Link Provided. – World Animals Voice

On the 4/8/21, I had a mail back from the Complaints and Transparency Adviser at the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is the responsible section of the British government.  It is positive to read that an investigation into the abuses shown is already underway.

Further, it is also good to hear that the FSA should review all the procedures in the slaughterhouse constantly; which the approved veterinarian does not do from the footage obtained from the CCTV.

Also, it is positive to read that ‘We (FSA) are working closely with the slaughterhouse team and the relevant CCTV footage has been assessed by FSA vets. As this is part of an ongoing investigation with potential for criminal proceedings’.

As investigations are still currently ongoing, we accept that this statement is all that we can be provided with for the current time – but we do see several sounding positives here, especially the one relating to ‘potential criminal proceedings’.

I will publish further news on this issue as and when we hear more as a result of the investigation.

Regards Mark

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The FSA letter is as follows (non edited).

Dear Mark,

Thank you for raising your complaint with us.

The Food Standards Agency takes animal welfare at slaughterhouses very seriously and in the interest of transparency we can confirm that an investigation into these allegations is already underway.

We have staff present in slaughterhouses during operating hours and CCTV, where there are live animals, is mandatory in slaughterhouses in England as part of measures to monitor and enforce animal welfare requirements.

We are working closely with the slaughterhouse team and the relevant CCTV footage has been assessed by FSA vets. As this is part of an ongoing investigation with potential for criminal proceedings, the FSA cannot comment further at this stage or pursue the matter through our external complaints process.

Yours sincerely,

Joe Montague

Complaints and Transparency Adviser

People and Organisational Change

Food Standards Agency (FSA).

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