CCTV cameras to be compulsory in Scottish abattoirs


BBC News (UK)

Jan 9, 2019


Abattoirs will need to install CCTV cameras in all areas where there are live animals under new laws to be introduced by the Scottish government.


The move is aimed at ensuring there are the "highest standards of animal welfare" in all abattoirs, the government said.


It has pledged to bring forward legislation later in the year.


The move comes after the vast majority of people who responded to a consultation backed the measure.


Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon said more than 80% of slaughterhouses in Scotland had already installed CCTV cameras voluntarily.


But she said the standards of CCTV coverage could vary, and added that the new rules were needed to "improve further the already high standards being followed by the livestock sector in Scotland."


She formally unveiled her plans in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.


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