Slaughter | Viva!


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

In 2016, there were 278 licensed slaughterhouses. In one month alone, government statistics revealed that over 850,000 pigs were slaughtered in Britain, 74 million broiler chickens, and over 40 million so-called ‘spent’ hens. Other animals killed for human consumption include turkeys, ducks, fish, bulls and goats. 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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