French abattoir probed over grisly animal cruelty video

A photo taken on October 15, 2015 shows a sign reading "slaughterhouse closed" outside the municipal slaughterhouse of Ales, southern FranceA French abattoir was put under investigation Thursday after undercover video emerged showing cattle having their throats slit while conscious, pigs being gassed in a cage and a horse being beaten with an electric prod. The prosecutor's office in the southern town of Ales said it had launched a preliminary probe into the local slaughterhouse for "acts of cruelty" and "mistreatment of animals". The inquiry was triggered by a complaint filed by the L214 animal rights group, which published a video this week showing the treatment of cattle, horses, pigs and sheep at Ales abattoir.

October 16, 2015 1:24 am

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