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
August 2016
More than 4,000 severe breaches of animal welfare regulations took place in UK slaughterhouses over the past two years, including chickens and pigs being put in scalding water while still alive.