Slaughterhouses in England obliged to have CCTVs

Presence of CCTV aims to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

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Slaughterhouses in all of England will be installed with CCTV as a part of a plan presented by environment secretary Michael Gove to support animal welfare.

The required CCTV in slaughterhouses will be present in areas where animals are seen – from unloading to killing. Official veterinarians will also have unrestricted access to any footage that may be needed.

Gove said: “We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and the actions I am setting out today will reinforce our status as a global leader.”

“As we prepare to leave the EU, these measures provide a further demonstration to consumers around the world that our food is produced to the very highest standards,” he added.

Various animal welfare groups have been pushing for obligatory cameras for years. Now, they also have the support of organisations like the British Veterinary Association, Food Standards Agency (FSA) and even UK supermarkets, which are now calling for their suppliers to follow this requirement.

Heather Hancock, chairman of the FSA, said to The Guardian: “Last year, we concluded that it was time to make CCTV compulsory in slaughterhouses, progress on voluntary adoption having plateaued.”

“I and the Board of the FSA warmly welcome Defra’s consultation about making CCTV mandatory. We look forward to the introduction of a comprehensive requirement for using, accessing and retaining footage from CCTV in abattoirs.”

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