Shocking in one excert from the video a pig is seen bleeding to death on the abattoir floor
Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 30 Convicted of Animal Cruelty charges and was sentenced to a total of 6 weeks in Jail.
Kelly Smith, 40 Convicted of Animal Cruelty charges and was sentenced to a total of 4 weeks in Jail.
In the distressing video, Wasiuta can be seen pushing a lit cigarette onto the forehead and snout of three different pigs and forcing hot ash into one of the animals’ faces as it squirms to get away.
His actions earned him a six-week jail sentence.
In another clip, Smith, an experienced slaughterman of 14 years, is seen beating the animals with the edge of a ‘slapper’ used to move the pigs around the pens before slaughter.
He is later filmed hitting one pig 30 times in a minute – forcing the animal to sit down and pant heavily during the tirade of blows.
The 40-year-old father-of-three was jailed for four weeks.
Prosecutor Duncan Penny explained to the court how the footage was obtained by a contractor at the slaughterhouse who had ties to Animal Aid.
The filmed abuse took place in March and April 2011.
Duncan Penny Describing abuse carried out by Smith, he said: ‘These acts were pointless, served no purpose and demonstrated to his colleagues his contempt for the animals he was dealing with”
Piotr Wasiuta is seen stubbing out a cigarette on a pig's forehead. The Animal Abuse of the 'Pigs' earned Wasiuta a Six Week Jail Sentence
Caught- Kelly Smith was Filmed Beating One Pig a Horrifying 30 times in 62 Seconds.
Jeremy Sirrell, defending Smith, said the beatings happened when he was under ‘extreme pressure’ at work.
‘They were expected to slaughter 1500 animals, or units as the company would call it,’ he said.
‘It is a matter of some irony, that this extreme pressure bore out of more animals being taken from another slaughter house in proximity having been closed down as a result, quite rightly, of activity by Animal Aid.’
Sundeep Pahkhania, defending Wasiuta, said he had been working in the slaughter house for under two months, and the abuse was part of a wider culture and couldn’t explain he behaviour.
‘In the CCTV, you can see another operative walking by, and he mentions nothing,’ he said.
Animal Abuse: Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta will Spend Six Weeks Behind Bars After Admitting Stubbing Cigarettes Out in a Number of Pigs in His Care.
‘I suggest there was an established culture of this kind of behaviour.
‘He walks into it as very much a newbie.
‘He realises now it was unacceptable, unlawful and is disgusted with himself.’
As he sentenced them both, Magistrate John Newgas told Wasiuta and Smith: ‘You have both seen the pictures of what took place.
‘They show clear animal cruelty no doubt about it.
‘You should have known what you were doing was wrong, and must have known it was wrong.’
Both men have since been sacked from their jobs at the slaughterhouse.
Stress: Kelly Smith claimed he was under intense pressure when he carried out the abuse.
Animal Aid’s Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler said the organisation was pleased with the result of the case – but urged the government to investigate two further slaughterhouses, claiming animals abuse is widespread across the industry.
She said: ‘We are satisfied that Wasiuta and Smith have now been brought to justice.
‘Their acts of cruelty were inexcusable and caused untold suffering to animals who were already scared and vulnerable.
‘However, many other slaughterhouse workers, who also caused serious and deliberate suffering to animals, have escaped justice because this government refused to act.
‘We are now calling on the Food Standards Agency to look again at two other cases to see whether charges may be brought under the Animal Welfare Act.
‘Our detailed investigations have found illegality in eight of the nine slaughterhouses we visited, despite government-appointed vets being present in all of them.
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‘The current regulatory system does not work.
‘It does not catch those who abuse animals. But this case proves that properly placed and independently-monitored cameras do work, and we renew our call for Defra to make CCTV mandatory to catch those who abuse animals and to act as a disincentive to those who might consider it.’
Cheale Meats have not commented on the case.
Source: Daily Mail