Mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses


Our statement on Michael Gove’s announcement that legislation on mandatory CCTV will be introduced from May 2018.

We welcome the news that CCTV will become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England by November 2018.

We're pleased that the details released today suggest cameras will be compulsory in all areas, where live animals are present and Official Veterinarians will have unfettered access to the footage. We hope this vital step, which mirrors the existing requirement in our farm animal welfare standards for compulsory CCTV in all slaughterhouses, will help lead to higher welfare across the food chain.

We also believe there are further ways to improve the slaughter of farm animals once the UK exits the EU, such as prohibiting electrical waterbath stunning for poultry and prohibiting slaughter without stunning.

We also strongly feel that this year’s new Agricultural Bill should contain proper incentives for British farmers to move towards meaningful higher welfare production standards and strong safeguards. To protect those higher welfare standards from being undercut by imported food that has come from animals reared outside the UK under poorer conditions.

Learn more about our work to improve farm animal welfare.

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