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·         CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs to protect animals

Breaches can result in criminal investigations

 

·         CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs in England

… part of government plans to monitor animal welfare…

 

·         NFU welcome for CCTV plan

“The NFU welcomes mandatory CCTV monitoring in all UK abattoirs as maintaining public confidence of our great British product is incredibly important.”

 

 

CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs to protect animals

Breaches can result in criminal investigations

 

Josie Clarke, Independent (UK)

Aug 11, 2017

 

CCTV is to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under plans to safeguard animal welfare and reassure consumers.

 

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the proposals would “cement the UK's position as a global leader on animal welfare” by giving the Food Standards Agency's official veterinarians – those who monitor and enforce standards – unrestricted access to footage of all areas containing livestock.

 

Any breaches by a slaughterhouse can result in a welfare enforcement notice, the suspending or revoking of staff licences or referral for a criminal investigation.

 

The Government also said it would raise standards for farm animals and domestic pets by updating statutory animal welfare codes to reflect advancements in medicines, technology and the latest research and advice from vets.

 

The first to be updated will cover chickens bred for meat, followed by laying hens, pigs, dogs, cats and horses over the next year.

 

Mr Gove said: “We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and the actions I am setting out today will reinforce our status as a global leader.

 

“As we prepare to leave the EU, these measures provide a further demonstration to consumers around the world that our food is produced to the very highest standards.”

 

British Veterinary Association president Gudrun Ravetz said:

 

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CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs in England

 

BBC News

11 August 2017

 

Slaughterhouses in England will have to install CCTV as part of government plans to monitor animal welfare.

 

Under rules being phased in over the next year, Food Standards Agency vets will be able to ask to see footage of all areas where livestock are held.

 

Slaughterhouses found to be failing welfare standards could face a criminal investigation or lose staff licences.

 

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the proposals would make the UK a "global leader on animal welfare".

 

Currently, keepers of animals bred for meat must meet animal welfare laws and codes of practice, which cover the treatment of livestock including how they are fed, housed and transported, as well as how they are killed.

 

Abattoirs in England must meet welfare regulations, with separate rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and additional EU regulations.

 

Plans to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses are being considered by the Welsh government.

 

The government has said it plans to increase standards for farm animals and domestic pets in England by updating these statutory animal welfare codes.

 

Breaches would result in a welfare enforcement notice, the suspending or revoking of staff licences or referral for a criminal investigation...

 

Unrestricted footage ...

 

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40895049

 

 

NFU welcome for CCTV plan

 

Pig World (UK)

August 11, 2017

 

The NFU has welcomed plans announced by Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove for CCTV to be mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England.

 

“British farming is fully committed to high levels of animal welfare and the NFU expects this to continue once livestock leave the farm,” said NFU livestock board chairman, Charles Sercombe.

 

“The NFU welcomes mandatory CCTV monitoring in all UK abattoirs as maintaining public confidence of our great British product is incredibly important.”

 

RSPCA rules

 

The RSPCA, in addition to its earlier welcome for the proposal, has called for the following rules to apply to the new approach:

 

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http://www.pig-world.co.uk/news/welfare/nfu-welcome-for-cctv-plan.html