Animal Aid: The Case For Mandatory CCTV In UK Slaughterhouses
This footage was taken by undercover volunteers in UK slaughterhouses between 2009 and 2014. It seems that every time undercover footage is taken in slaughterhouses (worldwide) welfare laws are seen to be blatantly flouted and horrific animal abuse appears to be widespread. There is little to no respect for these animals’ last hours and minutes alive. They are often seen to be beaten and punched, kicked and thrown around. These animals are at our mercy. They do not want to die and yet they will, often with very violent ends.
The UK government can stop this. They can enforce welfare laws and ensure that slaughterhouse workers are monitored at all times, with evidence to prosecute should laws be broken.
Why don’t they want this? Who benefits from a lack of CCTV in slaughterhouses? Not the consumer. Not the animals. Slaughterhouse businesses? Slaughterhouse workers? Government? Society? Me? You?
The case for mandatory CCTV:
“Between 2009 and 2014, Animal Aid filmed secretly inside ten randomly chosen UK slaughterhouses. We found evidence of cruelty and lawbreaking in nine of them. The problems are serious and widespread. Our films revealed animals being kicked, slapped, stamped on, and picked up by fleeces and ears and thrown into stunning pens. We recorded animals being improperly stunned and coming round again, or suffering painful electrocution instead of being stunned. We filmed animals deliberately and illegally beaten and punched, pigs burned with cigarettes, and the throats of conscious animals being repeatedly hacked at. None of the illegal acts we filmed were detected by the on-site vets or the slaughterhouse operators who have ultimate responsibility for animal welfare. That’s why we need CCTV.” (Animal Aid, 2015)