CCTV in English abattoirs now mandatory

May 14, 2018

Official Veterinarians will have unlimited access to footage Legislation that requires CCTV in all English abattoirs came into force on the 4th of May in a move that is set to cement the UK’s position as a global leader in animal welfare standards. The initiative comes after a government consultation on plans to install CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses in all areas where animals are present. Other recent reforms to improve animal welfare include proposals to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty to five years and ending the third-party sales of puppies. Under the new arrangement, Official Veterinarians will be given unlimited access to the CCTV footage. In turn, this will enable them to reassure customers that high animal welfare standards are being met. All slaughterhouses in England will be required to comply with the new law by 5 November, 2018. An adjustment period of six months has been allowed by the government to enable businesses to install a suitable CCTV system. Commenting on the move, animal welfare minister... ...

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