RSPCA backs CCTV in abattoirs campaign

Dr Marc Cooper head of the RSPCA farm animal department "wholeheartedly supports" calls for mandatory CCTV cameras in abattoirs
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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has added support to a campaign backed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses. 

The campaign is also working to ensure that legislation enforces all official veterinarians (OVs) have unrestricted access to slaughterhouse CCTV footage.

“The RSPCA wholeheartedly supports calls for CCTV cameras to be mandatory in all abattoirs and for OVs to have unrestricted access to footage,” said Dr Marc Cooper, head of the RSPCA farm animal department.

“The welfare of farm animals at slaughter is a very important issue, which is why all RSPCA Assured abattoirs have had CCTV since 2011. Our strict welfare standards state CCTV cameras should have a clear view and footage should be kept on-site for at least three months.

“Whenever an RSCPA Assured abattoir is assessed or has an on-the-spot monitoring visit, the CCTV footage is checked to ensure our standards are being met. There is little point in having CCTV if the footage is not readily available and being used effectively to safeguard animal welfare.”

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