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CCTV to be made compulsory in UK slaughterhouses.

Following Animal Aid's detailed investigation into UK slaughterhouses, the campaigning group is calling for mandatory CCTV to be installed in all abattoirs. This must be made law ahead of January 2013 when new Regulations - which will not allow the UK to improve upon existing measures - come into force. Already, the supermarkets are on board. Now we just need to persuade the government!

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      • DM TASKERDM TASKER commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        cctv surveillance is broadly accepted across public areas to both deter crime and to assist with catching and bringing to justice those who cross over the accepted line. So what is the problem with having it in slaughterhouses? Only those with something to hide will wish to block it !!! Bring it on I say!

      • Irene BarkerIrene Barker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Animal welfare is of the utmost importance and ranks alongside human rights and welfare. The two are inextricably linked. We ignore that at our peril.

      • pensive prognosticatorpensive prognosticator commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Brilliant - this is urgent and the window short. An essential step to cleaning up this obscene and inhuman 'industry'.

        Will add another vote when some come back - an running out.

      • margart evansmargart evans commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is about time that CCTV was installed in slaughterhouses. I would like footage to be available so that everyone can see just exactly what happens in these hell on earth slaughterhouses in the hope that more people will stop eating meat.

      • BeckyBecky commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Jim, you are correct in that there is much human suffering that goes on in the world but how dare you assume the good people who support this important and pivotal campaign do not support and indeed work towards human rights too. Your comment makes you appear extremely ignorant and rude, the very opposite of all the decent people who care about all beings regardless of species.

      • BeckyBecky commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Independantly monitored CCTV must be installed in slaughterhouses urgently. Every day these innocent, intelligent beings are abused and tortured in their last moments of life. This is a disgrace and DEFRA is a disgrace if it does not make this monitoring compulsory for all UK slaughterhouses.

      • JimJim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So, if we put CCTV into slaughterhouses whose job will it be to then review the, no doubt, thousands of hours of footage?
        Who will pay the wages of these people?
        Will these monitors receive training & if so who will provide this training?
        Will there be a fixed set of guidelines, say a sliding scale of cruelty, as to what is unnecessary/sadistic treatment as opposed to what might be considered necessary for the purpose of slaughter?
        Will perpetrators of unnecessary cruelty be subject to criminal charges?
        Will punishment be in the way of a fine, imprisonment or a fixed term ban from future abbatoir employment?
        Will it be self-regulated?
        Also, Ruth Clampitt 16 days ago, by whose definition can you so readily state that abbatoir employees are unlikely to be kind, compassionate individuals? What if an abbatoir is the only place offering employment in a a rural setting & the only way for an individual to feed their family & pets?
        This is a ridiculous thread, someone's even got the nerve to compare this rather trifling matter to human slavery!
        How about using the money & time this would take & digging some wells to provide pottable water, mosquito nets, school buildings, condoms & sexual health initiatives...need I go on?

      • dawndawn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        just hope the same thing can happen here in Australia - a wake up call re animal welfare over here is definitely needed

      • dawndawn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        just hope the same thing can happen here in Australia - a wake up call re animal welfare over here is definitely needed

      • kathy fergusonkathy ferguson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is so important because there are some people who get pleasure out of torturing animals who can't fight back

      • kathy fergusonkathy ferguson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is so important because there are some people who get pleasure out of torturing animals who can't fight back

      • Heather NeillyHeather Neilly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        CCTV must be made compulsory in UK slaughterhouses in order to bring an end to the sickening manner in which animals are treated in abattoirs.

      • Becca KBecca K commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        CCTV seems such an obvious solution in helping stamp out abuse in slaughterhouses. To have supermarkets on board is a massive move in the right direction. I would like every MP to have to watch your investigations and then say why they dont think it is important

      • Ruth ClampittRuth Clampitt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        CCTV is essential. By definition, most slaughtermen are unlikely to be kind, compassionate individuals. The industry and government hide away all the real gory evidence but put ads on the TV of "happy" farm animals in fields - and the public believe it. The truth is disgusting and anyone who wants to consume animal products should be made aware of the torture the animals suffer.

      • Ruth ClampittRuth Clampitt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        CCTV is essential. By definition, most slaughtermen are unlikely to be kind, compassionate individuals. The industry and government hide away all the real gory evidence but put ads on the TV of "happy" farm animals in fields - and the public believe it. The truth is disgusting and anyone who wants to consume animal products should be made aware of the torture the animals suffer.

      • Ruth ClampittRuth Clampitt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        CCTV is essential. By definition, most slaughtermen are unlikely to be kind, compassionate individuals. The industry and government hide away all the real gory evidence but put ads on the TV of "happy" farm animals in fields - and the public believe it. The truth is disgusting and anyone who wants to consume animal products should be made aware of the torture the animals suffer.

      • Ruth ClampittRuth Clampitt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        CCTV is essential. By definition, most slaughtermen are unlikely to be kind, compassionate individuals. The industry and government hide away all the real gory evidence but put ads on the TV of "happy" farm animals in fields - and the public believe it. The truth is disgusting and anyone who wants to consume animal products should be made aware of the torture the animals suffer.

      • Ruth ClampittRuth Clampitt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        CCTV is essential. By definition, most slaughtermen are unlikely to be kind, compassionate individuals. The industry and government hide away all the real gory evidence but put ads on the TV of "happy" farm animals in fields - and the public believe it. The truth is disgusting and anyone who wants to consume animal products should be made aware of the torture the animals suffer.

      • Michelle BallMichelle Ball commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The government must do the right thing and ensure ALL abattoirs are fitted with CCTV. It is ludicrous to state that prosecutions cannot be made against individuals who are filmed covertly, when the government is not supporting measures which will help reduce the horrific abuse of farm animals taking place everyday.
        It angers me that undercover footage taken from other arenas (e.g Care Homes) has been used as evidence in prosecution cases. Until the law changes, Defra must reverse its current policy of non-prosecution.

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