A recent disscussion within the House Of Commons calls on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals for the mandatory installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in UK slaughterhouses.

The House noted that a 2014 YouGov poll found that, of those who expressed a view, 87 per cent supported mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses. The House did expresse a concern that eight of the nine slaughterhouses secretly filmed by Animal Aid have breached the law, this is a failure rate of 89 per cent. The House believes that the introduction of compulsory CCTV in UK slaughterhouses will increase animal protection and allow those caught on film breaking the law to be prosecuted.

Furthermore thanks to supermarkets for already insisting on CCTV in their slaughterhouse suppliers, the House welcomes the support of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the use of CCTV in slaughterhouses as a useful monitoring tool. It further notes that plant operators who operate CCTV are keen to demonstrate to FSA officials the high standard to which their operatives work; and further believes other UK slaughterhouses should follow this best practice to maintain the UK's position as a world leader on animal welfare standards.

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