UNDERCOVER footage from animal rights campaigners showed sheep being thrown and having their throats cut repeatedly.
Malik Food Group in Lancashire is under investigation from the Food Standards Authority (FSA) after animal rights campaigners filmed undercover footage of animal cruelty.
Slaughtermen at the halal abattoir in Dunnockshaw, Burnley were filmed throwing sheep and having their throats cut repeatedly by Animal Aid.
A spokesman for Malik Food Group said animal welfare was ‘paramount’ to their business.
“The Group has invested extensively in training and machinery to improve the welfare of animals under its care and control.”
It confirmed the footage was being reviewed by the company and FSA.
“Malik Group will work closely with the FSA to ensure that any findings or recommendations made by the FSA are addressed, and where required, implemented immediately.
“Malik Group has always worked closely with FSA and welcomes the review from the regulatory body.”
A FSA spokesman said: “Animal welfare is a high priority for the FSA and we take all alleged breaches extremely seriously.
“Based on our findings we have taken immediate enforcement action against both the business operator and individual plant staff, including the issue of Welfare Enforcement Notices and revocation of slaughterman certificates of competence.”
Luke Steele, farming and slaughter campaigns manager at Animal Aid, called on the Government to introduce mandatory CCTV into abattoirs.
“Animal Aid’s latest investigation inside a UK slaughterhouse has uncovered barbaric and deliberate cruelty being inflicted on animals, in horrific scenes unlike any we have ever seen before,” he said.
“There is no doubt that lawbreaking continues to be an inherent problem in abattoirs.
“We simply say to George Eustice: how many more animals will have to suffer like this until you introduce mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in slaughterhouses to weed out lawbreaking and gratuitous cruelty?”