A Preston-based recycling charity has moved to reassure donors that horrific video of rats being clubbed to death was not filmed on their site.
Recycling Lives, which has its headquarters at Red Scar in Preston, had been named in social media posts in connection with the appalling video.
However, after an exhaustive investigation, the charity can confirm that the film was not taken at any of its UK sites.
A spokesman for the charity said: "We are aware of footage being shared on social media alleging to show an incident at one of our sites.
"However, this was categorically not taken at a Recycling Lives site. We take any allegations such as this very seriously."
The video, which has shocked social media users where it had been shared, shows a group of men at an unidentified recycling centre hitting rats with large sticks.
The men are also shown laughing as the kick and beat the creatures. In the background of the film, a woman can also be heard laughing at the sickening spectacle.
It is not know where the footage was filmed, but several workers at Recycling Lives sites have also commented on social media that several details of the site shown mean that it cannot be a Recycling Lives Centre.
The company has a major recycling operation and employs more than 200 people across the UK, but also runs a social enterprise helping people who have experiences homelessness, debt and prison to turn their lives around.
It has won numerous awards for its innovative social projects, and hundreds of people have had their lives transformed by its work.