Vegan activists have struck a deal with an abattoir to allow them to stage ‘last rites’ ceremonies with incoming cows to tell them, “we love you, we are sorry”.
Leicestershire Animal Save are hosting roadside monthly vigils once a month in Melton Mowbray in which they whisper phrases to cattle before they arrive at an abattoir run by Foyle Food Group.
The activists, who have held 35 ceremonies since founding their group in 2015, also hold signs which say “your taste=their death”.
Group founder Dina Aherne said the group has an understanding with the slaughterhouse bosses, who let them stop the trucks and trailers which transport the cows.
The 38-year-old former solicitor from Leicester said: “We want to make the cows feel at ease every time because they are living and sacred beings.