Plans have been proposed in the UK, by environmental secretary Michael Gove, to fit all slaughterhouses with CCTV cameras.
The aim of the proposal is to reduce animal cruelty cases and boost animal welfare standards across the country, as reported by the Guardian. It also hopes to further enforce animal welfare cruelty laws, with recent increased reports of animal cruelty in the news.
The CCTV footage recorded in the slaughterhouses, will then offer official vets unrestricted access to the footage for judging welfare of animals and to investigate reports of cruelty to animals being slaughtered.
As previously mentioned, the aim is to raise standards for farm animals and domestic pets by modernising animal welfare codes. This is planned in order to reflect the recent enhancements in medicines, technological advances and the latest advice and scientific research.
The proposal came to the forefront of the media, after an animal rights group Animal Aid filmed in secret life in slaughterhouses. Their subsequent investigations uncovered workers abusing the animals. 10 out of the 11 slaughterhouses investigated by the group were found to be guilty of animal cruelty and breaking animal welfare codes. While some workers were filmed abusing animals by beating them, kicking them and even putting cigarettes out on them.
The first update of codes to be issued will be on chicken for sale as food. The other aims is to show that UK food is of the highest standard. The move has been backed by the associations such as the Food Safety Authority, The British Vets association, the Farm animal welfare committee and many other animal rights organisations. The move has also been backed by supermarkets, who feel it will help improve food standards and quality, whilst also restoring the faith in the UK meat industry.
Will we see this proposal making its way across the waters and into Ireland? It is yet unknown, with no confirmed reports, though there have also been calls around the country for it's introduction. Only time will tell.