RSPCA take on CCTV in abattoirs

The RSPCA wholeheartedly supports Animal Aid's recent campaign, calling for CCTV to be installed in all abattoirs across the country. We strongly believe that all farmed animals deserve to have a painless and humane end to their lives.

This follows on from a number of undercover investigations, carried out by Animal Aid that showed some shocking breaches of laws governing the humane slaughter of animals.

That is why, back in February, we too called for all abattoirs to have CCTV installed as standard. At the same time, we also announced that CCTV will become mandatory in all RSPCA welfare standards and will therefore be rolled out across all Freedom Food-approved abattoirs. Around half of these are already covered by CCTV, and it has been strongly recommended in our standards for many years.

This move was supported by other animal welfare organisations, such as Compassion in World Farming, and has led to the Soil Association announcing that they, too, will look into this, as a matter of some urgency. Following our call we have been working closely with Defra and the Food Standards Agency.

With such a large number of animals going through abattoirs every day, the RSPCA is aware of the significant welfare risks involved and believes this is an area that needs even closer scrutiny. This is why we believe this is such an important step forward, as CCTV not only acts as a 'preventative' measure, but also allows proper evidence to be collected if animal welfare is suspected of being compromised.

We, alongside Animal Aid, will continue to discuss this issue with industry leaders, politicians and government officials in order to see this important issue addressed.