Animal Aid's campaign for mandatory CCTV and independent monitoring in all UK slaughterhouses. Helping vets to see what happens in the stunning and slaughter areas when they cannot be present.
Between 2009 and 2014 Animal Aid secretly filmed inside ten randomly chosen UK slaughterhouses and found nine of them were breaking animal welfare laws. The government appointed on-site vets did not see or report these breaches, many of which were extremely serious. It is clear that better regulation is needed, starting with independently monitored CCTV cameras in all slaughterhouses. Despite the widespread abuses, 160 MPs signalling their support for mandatory CCTV, the Farm Animal Welfare Committee reporting on its benefits, the British Veterinary Association supporting its introduction, and Defra Minister George Eustice accepting that the cost of camera installation is ‘relatively modest’, the government has yet to make independently monitored cameras mandatory.
Campaign Update
February 2016
Our campaign for mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in slaughterhouses has now achieved record political support! 134 MPs have signed a parliamentary motion in support of this campaign and 46 MPs have been photographed holding our campaign banners. It’s not too late to ask your MP to sign EDM 153, too.
November 2015
The British Veterinary Association now has a policy of supporting mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses with independent monitoring of the footage. Read its policy statement.
August 2015
While an increasing number of slaughterhouses are installing cameras in all or parts of their premises, the government – for the first time – has said it is ‘exploring ways to encourage take up [of voluntary installation of CCTV cameras] in the remaining slaughterhouses’. While this is encouraging, the government has already set out in previous correspondence why a voluntary scheme won’t work. And we agree. Animal Aid will continue to campaign for mandatory installation of CCTV cameras with independent monitoring of the footage.
STOP PRESS! Bowood Yorkshire Lamb – where we filmed vicious brutality in December 2014 – has gone into administration and all staff have reportedly been made redundant. See Animal Aid’s investigation at Bowood.