An abattoir worker has been slammed by animal rights activists after he posed for gory pictures with what it believed is ears from a slaughtered lamb.
The unnamed worker was seen grinning as he decorated his hairnet with two bloodied ears with the caption wrote: Baaa.
In another photo shows the same man clutching a little lamb and the caption states: "Arrr – look at the baby lamb."
According to Birmingham Live , campaigners at West Midlands Animal Save claimed the picture was taken at halal abattoir Pak Mecca in Birmingham.
Pak Mecca manager Aman Gill launched an investigation after receiving the pictures from the Sunday Mercury.
He 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.
Mr Gill added: "I have seen the pictures. They show no infringements. We are regularly inspected and inspectors have found nothing wrong."
The pictures, published by West Midlands Animal Save, have caused an outrage online.
It is understood that the worker contacted the animal rights group and pleaded to remove the picture as he's scared for his safety.
The man claimed he has since quit the industry and instead, he rescued the animal and showed the group a picture of the lamb at his home as proof.
The group posted a statement on Thursday and said: "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."
An Animal Save spokeswoman, from Walsall, explained why the group withdrew the picture.
“We are compassionate people, we don’t want anyone to suffer harassment or abuse,” she said.
“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.
Pak Mecca manager Mr Gill told the Sunday Mercury that it was necessary to handle lambs, and stressed the Birmingham premises were regularly inspected to ensure trade regulations were adhered to.
Inspectors have been entirely satisfied with the operation.
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