Outrage As Barbaric Butchers Of Sheep WALK FREE
Sheep were brutally tormented, harmed, ridiculed and teased with their own murder weapons. Hidden cameras placed at the Bowood Farms abattoir, Thirsk, North Yorkshire by Animal Aid filmed the workers ‘hacking and sawing’ at the innocent sheep and they were strung up by their hind legs still alive as their blood dripped onto the floor of the slaughterhouse. The sheep were also kicked in the face; smashed into solid objects headfirst; and picked up and hurled by their legs, fleeces, throats and ears.
Kabeer Hussain, 44 and Kazam Hussein, 55 both of Bradford admitted causing ‘unnecessary suffering to animals’ and received SUSPENDED prison sentences for 18 weeks and 16 weeks respectively whilst William Woodward who managed the abattoir was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment. Young William Woodward, 32 from Catesby, Daventry is now in prison despite having never been accused of causing any harm to animals himself and the torturers walk free with suspended sentences. Furthermore, his father was also facing charges but these were dropped due to lack of evidence. Mr Woodward’s father is now 70 years old, snowed in, diabetic and without the assistance of his own son.
Leeds Magistrates Court heard how the pair chanted and performed a tribal-style dance as they hacked at the throats of sheep. Animal Aid Campaign Manager Tor Bailey said:
We greet these sentences with huge disappointment since we do not feel that they reflect the severity of the abuses uncovered by our investigation. At Bowood slaughterhouse, we filmed horrendous incidents of cruelty, which were meted out to defenceless animals.
The Islamic practice of slaughtering animals while alive to ensure it is halal is not regulated by the Food Standards Agency due to it being classed as a religious practice. However, new legislation has been proposed this week that will make it a UK requirement to have CCTV in all abattoirs.
The Muslim Council of Great Britain and Board of Deputies of British Jews, claim that compassion and animal welfare stand at the centre of the entire process [of religious slaughter] of animals to ensure they are halal or kosher but this is clearly not the case. Now is the time for firm action to end these inhumane and cruel practices once and for all to ensure there is no repeat of cases like the one above.