The UK government are set to make CCTV systems a standard practice in all slaughterhouses.
The news comes following the recent animal welfare scandals, where footage was released showing the abuse of animals. One video, released by animals rights group Animal Aid, showed slaughterhouse workers stubbing cigarettes out on the animals.
The new rules are set to be put in place by early next year, with Environmental Secretary Michael Gove saying any abattoir working with live animals must have CCTV installed by next spring.Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, said that, from next spring, all abattoirs where live animals are present will be forced to install cameras in an attempt to clamp down on mistreatment.
The footage taken by the cameras must then be made available for inspecting vets working for the Food Standards agency. They will be given unrestricted access to the previous 90 days of footage. The vets will inspect the footage and report any incidents of animal mistreatment. Those found guilty will face prosecution or lose their license.
Owners of the abattoirs have been given six months to comply with regulations.