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, 120 MPs stating their support for mandatory CCTV, the Farm Animal Welfare Committee reporting on its benefits 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
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.
June 2015
A new EDM has been tabled by Grahame Morris MP, which calls for mandatory CCTV with independent monitoring. Please ask your MP to sign it.
February 2015