EU accused of endorsing “barbaric, illegal” no-stun slaughter of its own animals

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Sentient and sensitive cattle are being exported across Europe

ANIMALS born and reared in Europe are being exported to Gaza for slaughter in ways so horrific it would be illegal at home, a major investigation has shown.

Tens of thousands of cattle are having their throats slit – as though they were sacks of flour – while fully conscious, according to investigators. The animals, in agony and fighting to remain conscious, then slowly bleed to death.

Observers from British charity Compassion in World Farming tracked cattle from Hungary, Romania and other Eastern European countries that were transported across the continent, only to be killed by “barbaric, inhumane and agonising” no-stun deaths.

The shocking discoveries were at Gazan slaughterhouses, where the killings happened “in utter chaos”, using no-stun methods, often with blunt knives, and in conditions that would be illegal in Europe.

EU officials, who are aware of the practices, are accused of effectively endorsing them, through knowing about it yet failing to intervene. Read full story

Plan for UK’s largest factory farm, housing 30,000 pigs, raises a stink

Thousands of opponents fear giant scheme will harm human and animal health and open the doors to industrial-scale animal farming

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Mega-farms for pigs increase the risks of disease spreading, residents claim

PLANS for the largest factory farm in the UK are coming under intense scrutiny, after hundreds of people objected to a new development to house 30,000 pigs.

Campaigners and residents living near the giant project, in Northern Ireland, fear it will be a serious risk to human and animal wellbeing, damage the environment and make their lives a misery. They say the County Antrim scheme would set a “dangerous” precedent for industrial-scale animal farming in the UK.

Earlier this year, proposals for a mega-pig farm – for 25,000 animals – at Foston in Derbyshire were withdrawn after local people and charities staged a high-profile battle. The Antrim proposals are on a bigger scale, covering 24 acres – making it the largest ever intensive factory farm in the UK. Continue reading