THREE halal slaughtermen and their bosses have denied charges of animal cruelty at a North Yorkshire abattoir.
Kabeer Hussain, Kazam Hussein, Artur Lewandowski and Robert and William Woodward appeared before district judge Adrian Lower at York Magistrates Court.
The case against the five is about alleged mistreatment of sheep at Bowood Farms abattoir, Busby Stoop near Thirsk.
Kabeer Hussain, 43, of Brantwood Road, Bradford, was charged with two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to 24 sheep by failing to give them sufficient time to lose consciousness after they had been killed at the slaughterhouse in December 2014.
Kazam Hussein, 53, of Haworth Road, Bradford, was charged with six counts of causing suffering to a total of 29 sheep, including not giving sheep enough time to lose consciousness, striking them during slaughter, and not cutting their throats with a single cut.
Lewandowski, 30, of Ribble Drive, Darlington, was charged with two counts of causing suffering to four sheep at Bowood Farms abattoir, Busby Stoop, near Thirsk, in December 2014, by lifting them by their fleeces during the slaughter process, when he should reasonably have known he would be causing pain to the animal.
Former owners of Bowood, father Robert Woodward, 68, and son William Woodward, 30, both of Catesby, Daventry, Northamptonshire, are each charged with two counts of failing to act at Bowood Farms in Thirsk, in December 2014, to prevent the acts by several employees that caused animals to suffer.
Their case was adjourned until September 9 at Wakefield Magistrates Court, where the district judge is based, and they were released on bail.