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Hillside's Investigation Exposes UK's
Biggest Illegal Slaughterhouse!
March 7, 2005
The heroic Hillside undercover team bravely risked their
lives and a few limbs to covertly gather video evidence to expose barbaric
animal cruelty, dangers to public health and illegal unlicensed practices in the
biggest case of it's kind in the UK.
Hillside Animal Sanctuary are extremely grateful for the support by The Sunday
Mirror and The North Yorkshire Trading Standards Team to send a clear message to
these cruel thugs that these sort of practices will not be tolerated and they
will be pursued until justice is done no matter how long it takes.
Ultimately it is Hillside's supporters that help us keep going in difficult
times and not only find homes for poor animals without a voice of their own but
also to seek out and deal with the root of the problem - greedy individuals who
take advantage of the na´ve demand for cheap meat and blatantly flout UK laws.
If you are one of those who has donated then we like to say thank you from all
of us at Hillside and from the countless animals you have saved.
The Head of the Trading Standards, North Yorkshire County Council, Graham Venn
also sends his thanks.
"I cannot understate the value of the evidence provided by Hillside Animal
Sanctuary in bringing this prosecution to a successful conclusion. The coverage
of your undercover officers in videoing the unlicensed slaughter activity must
be commended. Hillside's work has in no doubt been instrumental in stopping this
illegal operation preventing suffering to livestock and protecting human
Hillside's valiant team provided evidence that Trading Standards revealed they
would have had to jump through legal hoops to get authorisation to obtain for
themselves. Even then it may not have been admissible. Because the initial video
evidence was provided by independent Hillside it made the case far quicker and
easier to secure a prosecution.
Sentencing is expected at Harrogate Magistrate's Court on 23rd March.
Hillside's covert operation managed to gather footage of various incriminating
admissions by the accused and revealed disgusting barbaric scenes of a sheep
with it's throat slashed halfway through its neck and wildly thrashing it's
head, hanging half off, as it lay horizontally on a killing rack, blood pouring
out onto the floor of the barn.
If you view the video you'll see there appears to be no consideration of health
and hygiene, no special clothing, no sterilised equipment, people smoking all
around, farmers using a cheap B&Q type saw to hack through a sheep's chest and
numerous lame animals that look diseased and unfit for human consumption.
There is a danger, with public demand for cheap meat so high, that there will be
increasing pressures by supermarkets on the farmers to drive down profits. This
will result in more farmers having to take second jobs, spending less time
looking after their animals, take an increasing number of short cuts and
increasing the prevalence of appalling animal welfare standards and dangers to
Please help us to continue to raise money to fund this essential work and if you
have time write to The Food Standards Agency and Trading Standards Officers to
encourage them to stamp out these unacceptable practices. If you want to
volunteer for investigative work please write to Hillside with a CV to the
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