TWO animal rights activists face a criminal prosecution for hiding cameras in a French abattoir.
Sébastien Arsac, the founder of the French L214 animal rights group, and another member, face charges of trespassing and invasion of privacy.
They are accused of breaking into the Guy Harang abattoir in Houdan, near Paris, last December.
Their plan was to film the way the pigs were stunned before being bled for slaughter, it is claimed.
But one of the cameras was spotted and the pair were arrested when they returned to collect the footage.
The group, which campaigns in favour of vegetarianism and against animal cruelty, has since published video showing the pigs panicking and suffering convulsion attacks as they are lowered into the pit where they are to be stunned by carbon dioxide.