Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has announced a package of new measures aimed at improving animal welfare. Measures proposed include compulsory CCTV at every slaughterhouse in England and also increasing the standards for farm animals and domestic pets.
Gove said in a statement:
“We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and the actions I am setting out today will reinforce our status as a global leader. As we prepare to leave the EU, these measures provide a further demonstration to consumers around the world that our food is produced to the very highest standards”.
Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, said:
“The Food Standards Agency takes a zero tolerance approach to any breaches of animal welfare standards in slaughterhouses. Last year, we concluded that it was time to make CCTV compulsory in slaughterhouses, progress on voluntary adoption having plateaued.
I and the Board of the FSA warmly welcome Defra’s consultation about making CCTV mandatory. We look forward to the introduction of a comprehensive requirement for using, accessing and retaining footage from CCTV in abattoirs. We see CCTV as an invaluable management tool for business owners to help with compliance with official controls and to improve animal welfare standards across the industry”.