A campaign launched by Animal Aid, backed by several major animal welfare charities including the Animal Welfare Party and OneKind, is calling for the introduction of mandatory CCTV in UK slaughterhouses. The charity is calling for this change following a series of secret films its undercover reporters recorded between 2009 and 2011, showing eight of nine randomly chosen UK slaughterhouses were breaking animal welfare laws. Animals were shown being kicked, slapped, stamped on, beaten, punched, burned with cigarettes, and picked up by their fleeces and ears and thrown into pens. It showed inadequate, botched and multiple stunning, and the sadistic use of stunning equipment to ‘punish’ animals.
Upon reaching 10,000 signatures, the campaign was responded to by the UK government, who reject these calls and claim the CCTV is not necessary as the welfare requirements are ‘monitored and enforced’ by Official Veterinarians of the Food Standards Agency and because some of the undercover evidence was gathered in premises which already had CCTV.
To make the government finally sit up and pay attention before many more animals suffer needlessly, the campaign has to reach 100,000 signatures. This is what it will take for it to be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee.
To add your voice to this petition and demand the UK government introduce closer monitoring methods on staff, procedures and practices in UK slaughterhouses, click this link: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/64997
You can also write to your MP, asking them to support a previous EDM lodged by Grahame Morris MP, also calling for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses. Please contact your MP today and ask him or her to sign EDM 177.
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