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Calls for mandatory abattoir CCTV gather pace

It follows public uproar last week when secret filming allegedly show acts of animal abuse at a halal slaughterhouse in Yorkshire.

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The Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) released an opinion recommending slaughterhouses install CCTV. However, the committee did not recommend mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses.

 

The RSPCA said it was pleased to see growing support for slaughterhouse CCTV but it was disappointed the committee had stopped short of urging the introduction into legislation of mandatory CCTV in abattoirs.

 

Dr Julia Wrathall, head of the RSPCA’s farm animal science department, said: “We firmly believe CCTV in slaughterhouses can be a valuable tool to help improve animal welfare.

 

“This is why it is already a requirement within the RSPCA farm animal welfare standards, meaning all abattoirs which are members of the society’s Freedom Food scheme must install and use CCTV cameras throughout their premises.”

 

The Government previously said it would keep the need for CCTV under review but said some undercover evidence had been gathered in premises which already had the measure in place, implying CCTV was not an effective tool.

 

A Government e-petition calling for compulsory CCTV in all slaughterhouses has been signed by more than 102,000 people.

 


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FAWC’s recommendations include:

  • All slaughterhouses should install CCTV in all areas where live animals are kept and where animals are stunned and killed
  • All assurance schemes, food retailers and others in the food chain should require that CCTV be installed in the slaughterhouses associated with them
  • CCTV footage should be retained by the slaughterhouse for a period of at least three months and be made available to authorised officers

 

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