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() A hidden camera has captured sheep being hurled onto their backs, trampled and improperly stunned at a Welsh slaughterhouse, sparking an animal welfare investigation. 

The harrowing footage, captured by Animal Aid activists, also shows one sheep getting its head stuck in a conveyor belt while a second is grabbed and stunned when it makes an attempt to escape.

An investigation at the Farmers Fresh abattoir in Wrexham, Wales, has been launched by the Foods Standard Agency, which is responsible for monitoring how they treat animals.

It also comes as the Welsh government continues to refuse to make it compulsory for CCTV cameras to be installed in slaughterhouses, despite this already being a requirement in England and Scotland.

A hidden camera at a slaughterhouse in Wales has caught sheep being hurled onto their backs, trampled and improperly stunned moments before their death at a Welsh slaughterhouse

A hidden camera at a slaughterhouse in Wales has caught sheep being hurled onto their backs, trampled and improperly stunned moments before their death at a Welsh slaughterhouse

The harrowing footage, released exclusively by MailOnline, was filmed by Animal Aid activists investigating Farmers Fresh abattoir in Wrexham, Wales. (Pictured: A worker grabs a sheep by the neck before hurling it onto the conveyor belt)

The harrowing footage, released exclusively by MailOnline, was filmed by Animal Aid activists investigating Farmers Fresh abattoir in Wrexham, Wales. (Pictured: A worker grabs a sheep by the neck before hurling it onto the conveyor belt)

The disturbing footage, released exclusively to MailOnline, shows sheep hiding in the corner as workers drag them by the legs and neck onto a conveyor belt to be slaughtered.

One is also shown being sat on to stop it escaping, while a second is hurled onto the conveyor belt upside down, and left struggling with its legs flailing in the air.

The rough treatment of the sheep moments before their death carries on even when a vet enters the room. 

When they reach the top, footage showed the sheep being jabbed repeatedly on the head and legs by stunning prongs before their hind legs are attached to a second conveyor belt.

Improper stunning of sheep means that they may still be conscious when their throat is cut by the machine.

After viewing the investigation, the Food Standards Agency said they have started to carry out an animal welfare investigation. (Pictured: A worker tramples a sheep at the slaughterhouse)

After viewing the investigation, the Food Standards Agency said they have started to carry out an animal welfare investigation. (Pictured: A worker tramples a sheep at the slaughterhouse)

Footage also showed sheep being stunned repeatedly on the head and some also being stunned on the legs when they reach the top of the conveyor belt. This has prompted fears that some may have been conscious when they went to slaughter. (Pictured: A sheep being stunned on the neck at the slaughterhouse)

Footage also showed sheep being stunned repeatedly on the head and some also being stunned on the legs when they reach the top of the conveyor belt. This has prompted fears that some may have been conscious when they went to slaughter. (Pictured: A sheep being stunned on the neck at the slaughterhouse)

The Food and Standards Agency, which rated the slaughterhouse as 'needs improvement' in a review published at the beginning of last month, said it now also had a member of staff permanently at the site. (Pictured: A sheep being stunned on the neck at the slaughterhouse)

The Food and Standards Agency,

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