In the UK slaughter is a secretive business - even the government's own advisory body has been refused access to some plants.

In the UK, there are over 350 licenced slaughterhouses. In 2012 alone, 979,636,000 land animals were slaughtered in UK abbatoirs. Secrecy surrounds the killing business and individuals and animal welfare organisations are rarely permitted to visit slaughterhouses. Even the government's own advisory body, the Farm Animal Welfare Council, was refused access to some of the larger plants.

Viva! has been able to obtain video footage of stunning and killing and we have also reviewed the latest scientific research on slaughter. As a result, we have built up an extremely disturbing picture of the reality of Britain's killing factories.

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