CCTV will be mandatory in all ares where live animals are kept in slaughterhouses in the UK under new plans announced by the UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
The new plans will provide the Official Vets, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Official Veterinarians (Ov’s) with unrestricted access to CCTV footage allowing strict monitoring and enforcement of the FSA’s demanding standards for animal welfare in slaughterhouses.
British Veterinary Association President, Gudrun Ravetz welcomed the plans put forward by the UK Government stating
Mandatory CCTV in all areas of slaughterhouses will provide an essential tool in fostering a culture of compassion that could help safeguard animal welfare and we are particularly pleased to see a commitment to Official Veterinarians having unrestricted access to footage, which BVA has been calling for. Vets’ independence and unique qualifications help ensure that the UK will continue to have the highest standards of animal health, welfare and food safety.
The Government has also confirmed that they will review animal welfare codes for both livestock and domestic animals to ensure that the standards required by the code meet with the latest developments in animal welfare technology, medicines and advice from vets.
The Environment Secretary Michael Gove stated;
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.