On Tuesday, the police and food standards inspectors raided a UK abattoir and meat processing firm to find out if they had been passing meat from horses off as beef – the latest development in the ongoing British horsemeat scandal, which has affected major retailers from Tesco to Burger King.
While the authorities have yet to reach a verdict about these particular facilities, at every slaughterhouse in Britain atrocities go on every day that would turn most people’s stomachs.
From being strung up by their legs and given repeated electric shocks to being plunged into scalding-hot water or having their throats cut while still conscious, the cruelty to animals that happens behind closed doors in abattoirs is truly shocking. These practices may be legal, but that doesn’t make them right.
In the words of iconic musician Paul McCartney, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.” So, if the horsemeat scandal has made you feel queasy, please take a moment to watch this powerful video about slaughterhouses, narrated by Paul himself, and learn the unpalatable truth about all meat – whether it was a cow, horse, sheep, chicken or pig who suffered for it.