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Make CCTV recording in slaughterhouses mandatory

Last updated: 03:18pm 16 September 2018

We will continue to take action to improve animal welfare. We will implement our proposed reforms on pet sales and licensing and will make CCTV recording in slaughterhouses mandatory.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.26

Our verdict

This is part of a commitment to improve animal welfare in countryside communities. According to the British Veterinary Association President, closer monitoring of slaughterhouses through the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) would help foster a “culture of compassion”. The footage would be available to vets from the Food Standards Agency, who enforce animal welfare standards in slaughterhouses.

In 2017 the government undertook a consultation on their proposal to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses. After gaining the support of 99% of respondents, the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, stated that the policy would be passed to legislators in early 2018 . The legislation was laid in Parliament in February 2018, and came into force in May 2018.

This is a clear case of a policy being ‘done’. The promise was to make CCTV mandatory, and it is now a legal requirement.

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