Protestors 'outraged' by horse cruelty video launch second demonstration at abattoir near Nantwich
ANGRY protestors have launched another demonstration outside a slaughterhouse as they continue to express alarm over an incident of animal cruelty at the site.
Activists launched the protest outside the Red Lion Abattoir, near Nantwich, which has come under scrutiny amid concerns regarding the way horses were treated.
More than 50 campaigners brandished signs to protest against the business yesterday.
Undercover film footage revealing images of horses being beaten and neglected at the facility emerged last month.
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Since the film was given widespread publicity by The Hillside Animal Sanctuary campaign group, two workers at the abattoir have had their licences suspended by the Food Standards Agency.
But people have continued to express outrage over the incident.
Thirty-four-year-old Nicola Allen, aged 34, of Biddulph, who organised the protest, said: "We are devastated.
"The footage showed the horses hanging upside down and being killed in front of each other. It was disgusting.
"A cow carcass can cost up to £12,000 whereas a horse will be sold for as little as £200, and they are being bought for the meat."
The Welfare of Animals Act 1995 states that horses should not be slaughtered in sight of one another because of the distress it causes.
The Red Lion Abattoir later reported that the incident viewed in the film was of an isolated nature and that disciplinary action had been taken against the individuals involved.
Protestor Sonja Davies, aged 35, from Biddulph, said: "It is terrible what went on
"We are here because we are outraged about what happened.
"We would like to see it closed down or them agree to have CCTV in there so the way they work can be monitored."
It is believed that horses slaughtered at the facility are destined for the European food markets.
Julie Tudor, a 38-year-old from Rudyard, near Leek, owns her own horses.
She said: "The group here today are here to protest over the cruelty and abuse that was captured on camera.
"There is a way to kill an animal that is less stressful."
Another protestor, Jackie Winston, aged 50, said: "We want it to be shut down.
"We want everybody linked with the video to be prosecuted.
"It was horrific the way the horses were treated." Jackie, who has since begun to set up a charity to stop horses from being bought by slaughterhouses, attended a recent auction to outbid the Red Lion staff and save eight horses.
One of the animals was pregnant and had a foal.
They have now become much loved pets.
The campaigners have vowed to return to the site every week to continue their protest.
The group has set up an online petition which currently has over 440 signatures and will be available to sign until July.
It calls for the incident at the slaughterhouse to be investigated further.
A spokesman for the FSA said that an investigation into the abbatoir was continuing.
He added: "We have nothing further to add at this stage."
No one from the Red Lion reponded to The Sentinel's request for a comment.
To sign the petition go to www.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/44747