Mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses ‘raises the bar’ on animal welfare standards
Legislation will come into effect in the spring with all slaughterhouses required to comply following an adjustment period of up to six months.
CCTV is to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England, the Government has confirmed after a consultation showed overwhelming support for the move.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the new rules would “cement the UK’s position as a global leader” on animal welfare standards.
The measures will give Food Standards Agency vets unfettered access to the past 90 days of footage to help them monitor and enforce the standards.
The announcement came after proposals were put out for consultation to industry, welfare groups and the public in August, with more than 99% of almost 4,000 respondents supportive of the plans.
Mr 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.
“The reaction to this consultation highlights 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.”