Abattoir is accused of abusing horses
TWO slaughtermen have had their licences revoked and investigations are now underway after undercover footage revealed appalling conditions at a horse abattoir.
The film taken by the Hillside Animal Sanctuary Group during an eight-week investigation at Red Lion Abattoir, in Nantwich.
It shows animals at the Wrenbury Heath Road site being beaten and neglected, as well as alleged illegal procedures in its slaughtering horses destined for European food markets.
Two slaughtermen have had their licences withdrawn, the Food Standards Agency said.
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The FSA and RSCPA are investigating.
Craig Kirby, head of approvals and veterinary advice at the FSA, said: "I was shocked by the footage and that is why we took immediate action to make sure the individuals involved could not continue to slaughter animals."
The abattoir said in a statement that incidents in the undercover footage were 'not the norm but of an isolated nature'.