Firm wins right to kill animals again at site of Halal horror abattoir
PUBLISHED: 13:21 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:17 11 October 2018
Animals will be killed again at the site of a Halal abattoir where secret cameras exposed a string of offences.
Undercover footage taken by Hillside Animal Sanctuary at Simply Halal abattoir on Moor Farm near Banham in 2016 showed sheep in distress being killed.
It led to three slaughtermen being prosecuted and fined this August for animal welfare offences.
After the abuse came to light in 2016 a new company, called Norfolk Meat Traders, was set up and began operating at the same site.
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It is half owned by the director and owner of Simply Halal (Banham), Roger Carr.
Mr Carr, 70, admitted two animal welfare offences in August at Norwich Magistrates Court and was fined £400.
The other shareholder and sole director of Norfolk Meat Traders is Deborah Wilson who used to work at Simply Halal (Banham).
The Food Standards Agency (FSA), which regulates the industry, suspended Norfolk Meat Traders licence to kill in April 2017 after allegations it slaughtered horses without permission.
The firm went to court to appeal the FSA’s decision and the courts initially backed the FSA.
But following a successful court appeal against the FSA in August this year, Norfolk Meat Traders was allowed to start slaughtering animals this week.
The court ruled the FSA did not give the business a chance to respond to the allegations before it refused approval.
John Watson, from Hillside Animal Sanctuary, said: “This case exposes the grim reality that the welfare of farm animals is not taken seriously at any level, even by judges.”
An FSA spokesman said: “All sites seeking approval are subject to the same rigorous approvals process which includes an assessment of animal welfare procedures, the food safety management system equipment and the structure of the establishment.
“When approval is granted it is conditional for three months and subject to satisfactory compliance being met.
“Protecting the public by taking appropriate action against those who breach strict rules for approved slaughterhouses remains our top priority.”
Norfolk Meat Traders has been phoned for comment.