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Slaughter-house for animals.
Because of ever-stricter EU regulations, many smaller British abattoirs have become uneconomic, and forced to closed.
Animals now often have to be driven many hundreds of miles from their farms; 200-400 miles to slaughter aren't unusual for animals today. Between 1978 and 1998, this distance increased by 50%. It is thought that this was one reason why the 2001 'Foot and Mouth' outbreak spread so quickly.
Animal welfare groups have long fought to improve the conditions of animals which are now routinely moved hundreds of miles, often in cramped conditions.