Shocking footage shows a horse being stabbed, cows being beaten, and lambs having their throats slit at a slaughterhouse in Spain.
Images were shared by the Non-Governmental Organization Equalia and were reportedly recorded in a municipal slaughterhouse that is operating in Caudete, which is located in the South-Central Spanish Province of Albacete in the Castilla La Mancha Region.
The images that were shared by the group showed lambs being bled without having been stunned.
Cows can also be seen being beaten with metal sticks before a horse is placed into the stunning area where a huge wound is punctured into its neck.
Equalia, an animal rights group, said the incident happened earlier this year in the Caudete Slaughterhouse, which is managed by a private company.
Guillermo Moreno, the General Director of Equalia, released a statement about the incident.
Guillermo said, “This is part of a campaign we are doing this year to ask the authorities to install CCTV cameras inside the slaughterhouse in order to prevent situations like this where a case of animal abuse is clearly seen.”
Guillermo added, “It is against the law, for example, to kill the lambs before them being stunned.”
The video was shared by Equalia on the day of the International Animal Rights Day.
Upon releasing the video, Guillermo said, “We saw irregularities with animal welfare. The facilities are very old, and it is seen, for example, how the horse cannot fit in the stunning box and the workers had to tie it in the box.”
The director added, “In another moment, a cow can even be seen being hit in the eye.”
Equalia said major brands such as Carrefour and El Pozo Alimentacion have asked for CCTV cameras to be installed in the slaughterhouses so they can make sure that the products that they sell are not coming from abused animals.
Equalia wants a new law to take place in Spain, where CCTV cameras should be installed in slaughterhouses so they can see how the animals are being treated.
A similar practice is already standard practice in the United Kingdom.