An abattoir worker has been caught posing with what is believed to be the ear’s of a slaughtered lamb in pictures that have horrified animal rights activists.
Campaigners claim the picture of the unknown man wearing blood soaked clothing was taken at a halal abattoir in Birmingham.
In another photo, he is seen holding a live lamb which was posted online with the caption: ‘Arrr – look at the baby lamb.’
West Midlands Animal Save told Birmingham Live the man was working at Pak Mecca Meats, which said it had launched an investigation after manager Aman Gill was sent the pictures.
Mr Gill confirmed the worker had been employed at Pak Mecca but had left some time ago.
He also said he could not be certain if the pictures were taken at his business, as the worker has worked at other West Midlands abattoirs.
The manager added: ‘I have seen the pictures. They show no infringements.
‘We are regularly inspected and inspectors have found nothing wrong.’
In one of the photos, the man was seen smiling with the suspected ears tied to his hair net.
It was allegedly uploaded with the caption: ‘Baaa.’
The pictures have now been taken down by the animal campaign group who say they were contacted by the man involved who has since quit the industry.
He told West Midlands Animal Save that he had in fact saved the lamp from slaughter.
The group posted a statement saying: ‘We shared a public image of a local slaughterhouse worker.
‘This worker contacted us and stated he was no longer was a slaughterman, and that he had saved the lamb.
‘Whether this is true or not is anyone’s guess and, unfortunately, it didn’t change the horror of the photos or his previous employment.
‘No, I don’t excuse his behaviour or how he behaved in the past, but let this be proof that anyone is capable of change.’
A spokeswoman for the group added: ‘We are compassionate people, we don’t want anyone to suffer harassment or abuse.
‘We are aware, even though we don’t agree with animals being slaughtered, that a lot of people working there believe they have no other option.
‘We don’t want to cause this man any personal problems.’
Mr Gill said it was necessary for workers to handle lambs but that the abattoir was regularly inspected to ensure trade regulations were adhered to, and that inspectors were satisfied.
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