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No ‘sufficient basis’ to make CCTV mandatory in Welsh abattoirs

A group investigating the need for CCTV in Welsh abattoirs said CCTV did not necessarily lead to better animal welfare

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A group investigating the need for CCTV in Welsh abattoirs said CCTV did not necessarily lead to better animal welfare

 

A working group charged by the Welsh Government to investigate whether there is a need for closed circuit cameras to be installed in all the 26 abattoirs across Wales has shied away from making them compulsory.

 

Having studied the number and type of welfare incidents recorded in abattoirs in Wales in 2015, alongside the throughput of animals in Welsh plants, the group found that while CCTV was a useful tool it did not necessarily lead to better welfare outcomes.

 

The findings concluded that there were a number of controls already in place in Welsh abattoirs, from the permanent presence of an official veterinarian with responsibility for overseeing the correct implementation of welfare measures and a daily recording of any incidents to the requirement to have standard operating procedures on protecting the welfare of animals at all points of the operation.

 

Assurance schemes

 

In addition, many abattoirs - particularly the larger abattoirs handling the majority of animals - were members of various assurance schemes, such as Red Tractor and Freedom Foods.

 

They made additional animal welfare requirements and imposed additional audits on abattoirs. Freedom Food sites had to install CCTV and give the auditors access to the footage.

 

According to the group ‘there is simply not sufficient basis on which to make CCTV a mandatory requirement in abattoirs in Wales’.

 

But it adds there was reason to encourage abattoirs to install and use CCTV for training purposes.

 

They could be helpful if the stun area was hard to observe and in the unloading and lairage areas to record injuries sustained in transport, the time of highest risk to animals.


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