The company supplies duck to major supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco, Co-Op and more.
Undercover footage of a duck slaughterhouse in the UK shows the ‘harsh reality’ of birds suffering for the meat industry.
The video released by Animal Justice Project (AJP), was shot inside the slaughterhouse of Gressingham Duck – the largest supplier of ducks to UK supermarkets.
AJP investigators said they captured a “catalogue of disaster” footage at the Suffolk-based slaughterhouse.
View this post on Instagram
WATCH & SHARE OUR BREAKING INVESTIGATION VIDEO ⚠️ Our undercover investigation into the UK’s LARGEST duck flesh company has ONCE AGAIN revealed EXTREME VIOLENCE and SO MANY REGULATION BREACHES! This is #TheFoulTruth of @GressinghamDuck. Supplying many major supermarkets and outlets – @sainsburys, @waitroseandpartners, @tescofood, @coopuk, @asda, @morrisons, @ocadouk, @amazonfresh, @discoverbudgens and @boothscountry – Gressingham Duck is a household name and one that needs to be exposed for the CRUELTY behind it. We really need as many of you as possible to SHARE this investigation video and take crucial action to END this VIOLENCE – will you help us? 👉 LEARN MORE investigation: thefoultruth.org/gressingham-slaughterhouse – LINK IN OUR BIO 👉 CONTACT Gressingham Duck and Red Tractor – details at bottom of this webpage: thefoultruth.org/gressingham-slaughterhouse – LINK IN OUR BIO 👉 DONATE to fuel our investigations and campaigns using the DONATE BUTTON/clicking the link in our bio! #TheFoulTruth #DineInWithDuck #Gressingham #GressinghamDuck
Practices that breach welfare and safety guidelines
According to AJP, workers grabbed ducks roughly from crates, hung them upside down before sending them along the shackle line into an electrical water bath.
This company rears around eight million ducks a year and supplies Red Tractor Assured duck to Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco, Co-Op, ASDA, and Morrisons.
AJP claims the company is guilty of breaching fifteen EU, UK government, and Red Tractor animal welfare and food safety guidelines.
While both live-shackling and electrical water bath practices are condemned by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the pressure group claimed the birds were also left hanging for longer than the two minutes specified in both UK and EU legislation.
Despite the animal welfare violations, AJP added that Red Tractor is unethically approving the practices inside the slaughterhouse.
Professor of animal welfare and ethics, Andrew Knight, said: “Shackling involves hanging birds upside down.
“This unnatural position exerts considerable force on bones and soft tissues of legs and feet. This can and does result in fractures and other injuries, and is extremely stressful.
“It is an inhumane way to treat birds of any species. No organisation should be certifying practices that are inhumane.”
‘Catalogue of disaster’
In certain shots, workers could be heard yelling heatedly at one another while brutalising and rough-handling the animals, ramming them with force into the shackles, causing extra pain and misery to the distressed birds.
Claire Palmer, Animal Justice Project spokeswoman, added: “It is a catalogue of disaster. Gressingham is utilising practices well known to be inhumane, even by the Government’s own animal welfare council.
“Most water that Gressingham ducks will experience is when they hit the electric water bath inside this slaughterhouse.
“Subjected to terrifying and brutal handling by workers who scream at each other, and shackling whilst fully conscious, follows a dismal life for ducks inside filthy, barren sheds.
“Consumers need to know their choices in the run-up to Christmas and beyond can have a huge impact on animals’ lives.
“We urge them to have a truly compassionate Christmas.”
The footage has prompted an investigation from several supermarkets and governing bodies including Food assurance scheme Red Tractor. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has also demanded CCTV footage from inside the Gressingham slaughterhouse, over the reported animal cruelty and suffering.
Refuting the claims, Gressingham Foods said: “The majority of footage shows processes that are indicative of a well-run, high welfare poultry processing plant.
“There is no clear evidence of abuse or neglect by staff.
“There are actions not representative of the high standards expected of our factory, they will be fully investigated in conjunction with external auditors and appropriate actions taken. The welfare of our birds is an absolute priority.”
It added: “We work to the highest standards in hygiene, biosecurity and animal welfare across our factories and farms. All staff responsible for the welfare of our birds have the necessary training with regular updates for continuous improvement.”
Share this story: Major exposé reveals ‘inhumane’ duck abuse at UK ‘Red Tractor’ farm.
Vegan culture, food, beauty & more
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 9th November 2020
“Carnivores are becoming a thing of the past.” Some 30.9% Europeans are consciously consuming less meat, a new report reveals. The percentage has been cited by Berlin-based supermarket chain Veganz, based on a new research it conducted. The study’s findings also show that within a span of four years, the number of vegans in Europe …
- Mohsina Dodhiya
- 6th November 2020
“I knew to even have a future, I had to change.” A 34-year-old, obese, Australian woman has shed 82 kilos on a vegan diet after binge eating and a fast-food addition made her tip the scales at 167kg and reach a size 26 in clothing. Kirsty Young, from Geelong, Victoria, has also reversed her weight …
All the quizzes you love to binge!
- Marlon Farrugia
- 10th January 2020
How much vegan knowledge do you have stored away? Do you have to Google your way through a shopping trip, or do you have all the bad E-numbers memorised? Find out now with this quiz. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 13th October 2019
Spook Season approaches. There will be ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and glucose. You need a costume, and you want to it to show off your personality, which means VEGAN. But what to choose? Take our quiz to find out your perfect outfit. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 26th September 2019
“If you were a vegetable, what kind would you be?” A question that has tormented humanity throughout the ages – until now. Read: QUIZ: If you score 19/20 on THIS quiz, you’re a Vegan God Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …