From Animal Aid:
Calls for UK to follow France by introducing mandatory, independently-monitored CCTV in slaughterhouses to combat unlawful animal cruelty.
France has passed a bill ordering slaughterhouses to install CCTV cameras, following an outcry over animal cruelty. Members of the French National Assembly were informed that lawbreaking is a widespread problem in the nation’s abattoirs.
The new bill requires slaughterhouses to install CCTV cameras across all areas, including in lairages and on the killing floor, by 2018. A trial will take place this year to inform how the technology will be rolled out across the board. Those caught inflicting unlawful cruelty on animals will face one year in prison.
Animal Aid – one of the UK’s leading animal protection organisations – is today calling on George Eustice MP, Minister for DEFRA, to bring forward similar measures to ensure the use of independently-monitored CCTV becomes mandatory in slaughterhouses, in an effort to combat unlawful animal cruelty. We have reason to believe lawbreaking is a widespread problem in UK slaughterhouses, potentially worse than the situation in France which resulted in legislation being passed.
Animal Aid has uncovered unlawful practices being conducted in 9 out of 10 UK abattoirs investigated. This includes cigarettes being stubbed out on pigs, sheep being picked up and thrown by their fleeces and other animals being stamped on. The Food Standards Agency, alongside a cross-party representation of more than 200 MPs and the British Veterinary Association (BVA), now support mandatory CCTV.
Says Farming and Slaughter Campaigns Manager, Luke Steele:
“Animal Aid’s covert filming has found lawbreaking in 90 per cent of slaughterhouses investigated, which has included cigarettes being stubbed out on pigs, sheep being picked up and thrown by their fleeces and animals being beaten. If the French National Assembly can make CCTV mandatory, then why can the UK Parliament not do the same?
“We today call on George Eustice MP to recognise the vital need to implement this important tool and bring forward a change in the law.”