PHOTOS: Open-Air ‘Slaughterhouse’ in Central London Marks World Vegan Day

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An eye-opening demonstration showed the way that millions of animals across the UK are killed for meat.

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How many people who eat meat have actually seen what happens in slaughterhouses?

To mark World Vegan Day, we decided to open people’s eyes to the violence of the meat industry by erecting an open-air “slaughterhouse” at Marble Arch in London. In a hard-hitting performance, two men were strung up by their ankles and “abattoir workers” then appeared to slit their throats.

 

Scenes similar to this happen to animals in the UK thousands of times a day – only the bloodshed is real. Pigs, cows, chickens, and sheep are herded into abattoirs and shackled by their legs, and then their throats are slit and they are left to bleed to death. Although they’re supposed to be stunned first, stunning methods are often faulty or inadequate, meaning that many animals are fully conscious while they’re killed.

Cows and hens used to produce milk and eggs usually end their lives in this way, too, as farmers send them off to slaughter after a few years when they become less “productive”.

This cruelty is neither necessary nor justifiable. There’s a huge variety of delicious and healthy plant-based food available today, which means it’s easy to eat well without harming animals.

Our protest today was designed to make people think twice the next time they see a shrink-wrapped slab of meat in the supermarket and consider the sensitive living being it came from – and then to make kinder choices about the food they buy.

November is World Vegan Month – a celebration of all things vegan and the ideal opportunity for anyone disturbed by the cruelty of the meat, dairy, and egg industries to try out a compassionate plant-based diet for 30 days.

Take the World Vegan Month pledge, and we’ll send you plenty of advice and resources to help you on your way!

Comments

  • Naseem MAHMOOD commented on November 4, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    The English slaughter houses cruelty to animals is at a horrific scale the torture and suffering of pain these animals are subjected to and starved of food and water and cramped in an appoling conditions .the footage that has emerged is a disgrace.these abattoir need to have cameras fitted and checked regularly the abuse on these defenceless animals needs to stop.no one has the god given right to inflict that horrendous pain.

  • Sally reeve commented on November 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you for showing this awful truth to people

  • Bob Halley commented on November 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    A fantastic way to show those who either ignore or are uninformed about the horrors of slaugher…

  • Yvonne Amery commented on November 4, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I know only too well how humans descend to the most barbaric methods to satisfy hunger for the flesh of nonhuman beings. I think most people prefer to remain ignorant of the cruelty involved in the dead flesh they eat. Surely, we are the least deserving to be called the ‘top of creation’ when no animal would ever torture, maim, brutalize and murder another for food or hunting as we do. We don’t only eat the dead flesh of the creatures but also imbibe their fear which is embedded in their blood and brain cells. In this world overladen with sadness and brutality because of what we do to each other, let’s not add to that atmosphere by killing and eating nonhuman beings. We are meant to share the world with creatures not abuse them and, in doing so, abuse ourselves. Religious people of all denominations excuse the habit of eating flesh by quoting from their holy books. I asked Professor Emeritus Richard H. Schwartz of Staten Island the translation of the Hebrew word ‘meat’ which appears in the King James Bible and he said the word ‘l’achlah’ actually means ‘food’ not ‘meat’. There are probably similar inaccurate translations in all such texts which have been fatal for our concept that animals are ours to do what we like with, including eating them and even using them for religious sacrifices, such as the slaughter of the lamb at the Vatican at Easter and the similar slaughter of sheep during Ramadan. This appalling concept that killing animals is a religious duty has to stop; it is based on ignorance and lack of clear thinking.
    Thankfully many now choose the vegan or vegetarian diet and so help the planet, the animals and themselves.

  • carol loveland commented on November 4, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    THIS DEMONSTRATION WAS A BRILLIANT IDEA, HARD-HITTING AND NECESSARY.
    UNFORTUNATELY THE IMPACT WILL ONLY BE SHORT-LIVED, PEOPLE WILL ONLY REFUSE TO EAT MEAT WHEN IT DIRECTLY AFFECTS THEIR HEALTH.
    IN THE 80’s A SCIENTIST PREDICTED THAT PEOLE WOULD SUFFER FROM VARIOUS BRAIN DISEASES, HIS EVIDENCE WAS DISMISSED, AND HE WAS COMPLETELY DIS-CREDITED AND CALLED A ‘SCARE MONGER’.
    WE HAVE ALZEIMERS, DIMENTIA, EARLY ONSET DIMENTIA, MOTOR NURONE DISEASE etc etc.
    I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THESE DISEASES ARE ALL LINKED TO ‘MAD COW DISEASE’. I FEAR THAT SCIENCE ALREADY KNOWS THIS, BUT AS ALWAYS THERE WILL BE A ‘COVER UP’. THE SCIENTIST WHO WARNED ABOUT FUTURE BRAIN DISEASES IN HUMANS SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY, AND HIS EVIDENCE SHOULD BE MADE PUBLIC. THE MEAT INDUSTRY IS AN EVIL TRADE IN SUFFERING AND CRUELTY ON A MASSIVE SCALE.
    IF THERE IS A FUTURE HEALTH SCARE TO HUMAN’S CONNECTED TO MEAT CONSUMPTION, THEN I HOPE IT IS ON A MASSIVE SCALE, THEN PERHAPS THIS VILE INDUSTRY CAN BE WIPED OUT, FOR GOOD.

  • Jennifer Gannon commented on November 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    This needs to be more graphic and shocking! The man being strung up should have screamed more words. Because the animals are often times still alive after their throats are cut. You guys need to use some prosthetic skin to peel off as well and the man should also be crying out to show he is conscious and very much alive feeling pain. I think this is good, but needs to show more and you need hear more from the man to be impactful.

  • Julie Lawton commented on November 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Liked the humane meat is a myth demonstration photos, very clever and hopefully thought provoking to meat eaters!

  • angela commented on November 4, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Well done,on showing some ignorant people,the bleak sick,ugly truth and terrible things that happen.

  • Debbie W commented on November 5, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Fantastic idea to raise awareness of animal cruelty..
    More publicity like this will make people think about the suffering caused by animals just so they can be consumed.

  • TOUSSAINT Aline commented on November 5, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I am French and have lived in England from 1989 to 1992. That’s where I discovered these unbearable images showing the pain that animals endure in slaughterhouses, and then decided to become vegetarian. I thank my English vegetarian friends to have opened my eyes and am thankful to Sir McCartney to help this right cause, which is only started to get attention in France…
    VIvent les animaux!!!

  • Nicole Pasquier commented on November 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Super

  • Mr Paul Wooff commented on November 5, 2016 at 11:10 am

    No mention of the torture that is Halal meat or Kosher meat i see. Nandos in Blackburn has just decided to use Halal chicken in its restaurant. To my knowledge they are not offering a non halal alternative. Maybe Peta and the like should be putting pressure on these restaurant chains.

  • Scott commented on November 6, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Nothing is innocent…you vegans need to get that through your heads…there is such a thing as humane meat…get that through your heads…the fertilizer for growing plant needs certain chemicals which have unsavory origins and end results…get that through you heads….I love you all for caring about animals and trying to help in the best way you know…but it makes me angry to see vegans thinking they are so INNOCENT…

    • Adrian Appley commented on November 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Scott – you need to get through your head there is no such thing as humane meat as the whole business of meat production is barbaric and inhumane. The only way someone with principles can possibly have a clear conscience is to go VEGAN. Try to get this simple FACT into your head.

  • Amanda MacPherson commented on November 6, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Abattoirs are devil houses and anyone who chooses to work there has to be a psychopath with no soul in my opinion.

    In this day and age, especially in Western “Civilization” where there’s so much tasty, healthy animal-free food out there, there is absolutely no need for any animals to be used, abused and suffering for human greed, ignorance and selfishness. Nor should they suffer for material/cosmetic things either.

    They feel joy and pain and the will to survive like us humans and our domesticated pets. These vulnerable creatures are individuals, not just a number for profit.

    We must extend our compassion to all beings, not just a select few. God bless them all and may they be free from cruelty, not when they die, but here on earth.

  • alessandra zantedeschi commented on November 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I do hope this video will help people to understand. But when I watch the tv and see, for example, Masterchef ( just to mention one of the most famous show cooking ) where plates are happily prepared with the flesh of cows, pigs or chickens or are made of fish, which kind of message arrives to thousands of people ?? I think we should integrate these programmes with more vegan or at least vegetarian plates. Otherwise the most part of the spectators will not understand that there is also a parallel reality and will not change his point of view.

    • Elizabeth Fricker commented on November 12, 2016 at 10:23 am

      I totally agree.

  • Slavica Mazak Beslic MD commented on November 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    we need not glass walls, every single imbecil knows that in slaughterhouses go slaughters.In 21,Century , also, every single imbecil know that meat,milk,eggs are not human food- and consumers of animal products died by chronic cardiovasculat diseases, cancers, brain deseases, diabete etc, and that are violent deats, not natural ones- look at mortality rates. Every single imbecil still know that sentient animals are persons , not anyone‚s property nor thing, but a persons- that must be ordered by The Constitution of every country.. BUT profitees ( meat, milk, eggs, medical,pharmaceutical industry owners ) kill humans and animals and pollute the environment.Personality protects us , personality can protect all animals .Nit welfarism, but The Constitutional personality.

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