Slaughterhouses In UK Getting ‘Glass Walls’ via CCTV
New rules will come into force next year in a bid to clamp down on abuse of animals
CCTV will be made compulsory in all animal slaughterhouses under new government plans announced, much to the joy of animal rights activists and the overwhelming support of the general population. In a study conducted, 99% of people who responded said they are in favor of being able to see inside of slaughterhouses and workers being held to some sort of standard.
The footage from the cameras will be accessible to official vets working for the Food Standards Agency, who will highlight cases in which animals have been poorly treated. Those responsible could then lose their license or face prosecution. The death houses will also have to provide minimum the previous ninety days of unedited and unaltered CCTV footage to veterinarians.
Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said: “We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and want to cement our status as a global leader by continuing to raise the bar.
“Introducing compulsory CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses is a further demonstration to consumers around the world that as we leave the EU, we continue to produce our food to the very highest standards.
“The previous reaction to the consultation highlighted the strength of feeling among the public that all animals should be treated with the utmost respect at all stages of life and be subject to the highest possible welfare standards.”
“These strong measures also provide a further demonstration to consumers around the world that as we leave the EU we continue to produce our food to the very highest standards.”
It follows after The Independent Newspaper sent reporters undercover to battery farms and the shocking abuse suffered by the hens at the hands of the workers.
Other videos, including a number filmed secretly by animals rights group Animal Aid, showed abattoir staff punching, kicking and stamping on animals and stubbing out cigarettes on pigs’ faces. A number of major UK supermarkets already insist that all their meat and dairy suppliers have CCTV installed.
Hopefully when people are subjected to the shocking treatment of animals on a daily basis, and workers of these abattoirs are held responsible for their daily conduct. Not being able to hide behind the factory walls, that the population might start realizing that animals are sentient beings.
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