Animal cruelty pair jailed after being caught stubbing out cigarettes on pigs’ faces and hitting them with baton
- One pig was beaten 30 times in just a minute
- Defendent claimed abuse was part of the slaughterhouse ‚culture‘
- Animal rights groups say abuse is widespread
Two slaughtermen who were filmed beating pigs and stubbing cigarettes out their faces were today jailed.
Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 30 and Kelly Smith, 40, were secretly filmed by animal rights group Animal Aid, who hid cameras in pig pens at Cheale Meats in Brentwood, Essex.
Members of the charity group wept today as the pair admitted cruelty charges and were sentenced to a total of 10 weeks behind bars at Westminster Magistrates Court.
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Beating: Kelly Smith is filmed striking the pigs with a ’slapper‘
Shocking: In one excert from the video, a pig is seen bleeding to death on the abattoir floor
Piotr Wasiuta (left) and Kelly Smith (right) were sentenced to a total of 10 weeks for their crimes against pigs
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.
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‘
Burn: Piotr Wasiuta is seen stubbing out a cigarette on a pig’s forehead. The abuse earned him 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.
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