Support Bid for Cameras in All Slaughterhouses

Target: Michael Gove, U.K. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Goal: Applaud efforts to stop animal cruelty ins slaughterhouses by installing government-monitored CCTV.

CCTV cameras will be mandatory in all British slaughterhouses in a bid to ensure animal welfare. Food Standards Agency vets will be granted unrestricted access to footage of all areas containing livestock. Abbatoirs found in noncompliance of this regulation risk a welfare enforcement notice, the suspension or revocation of staff licenses, or referral for a criminal investigation.

Along with this new requirement, standards for farm animals and domestic pets will be raised. This will include updating statutory animal welfare codes to reflect advancements in medicines, technology and the latest research and advice from veterinarians.

According to environment secretary Michael Gove, the new plan will “cement the U.K.’s position as a global leader on animal welfare.” British Veterinary Association president Gudrun Ravetz praised the move, saying that it will “provide an essential tool in fostering a culture of compassion that could help safeguard animal welfare.”

Campaigners started a renewed call for the move after footage secretly captured in a Halal slaughterhouse showed workers committing unspeakable cruelty against animals. They were seen brutally hacking at the necks of sheep, leaving many to suffer in extreme pain and fear for several minutes until they bled out.

Cameras accessible by government vets can help prevent animal cruelty in slaughterhouses, as well as make it easier for the perpetrators of this cruelty to be prosecuted. Sign the petition below to applaud this groundbreaking move.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Gove,

A recent bid to install CCTV cameras in all British slaughterhouses is being lauded as a step in the right direction to ensure the welfare of animals in the farming industry. The move, which will see the cameras monitored by Food Standards Agency vets, was made in response to the release of footage taken in a Halal slaughterhouse of workers brutalizing animals. Along with this new requirement, standards for farm animals will be raised, including updating statutory animal welfare codes to reflect advancements in medicines, technology and the latest research and advice from veterinarians.

This will not only help deter animal cruelty in the farming industry, but will make it easier to prosecute those who commit it. We, the undersigned, applaud this groundbreaking effort to ensure the welfare of animals in slaughterhouses.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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20 Comments

  1. THIS SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED YEARS AGO, IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE US THAT LOVE ALL ANIMALS THAT IT MIGHT HAPPEN NOW, THERE IS SO MUCH CRUELTY THAT GOES ON IT THESE PLACES, AND THE DEAR ANIMALS ARE SCARED AND FRIGHTENED, I DO NOT EAT MEAT. BUT I AM NOT GOING TO SAY ALL STOP, JUST PUT THE ANIMALS DOWN WITH A BIT OF DIGNITY AND CARE, I AM ASKING A LOT I KNOW. BUT I DON’T CARE.

  2. Brutally hacking at the necks of sheep… Wtf is wrong with these monsters!? I am ashamed to be the same species as these POS!!

  3. And it’s disgusting this hasn’t always been mandatory! We should all go vegan

  4. holly homayonfar says:

    It’s bad enough that these poor animals are being slaughtered but the cruelly that they endure beforehand is shameful and vial. I don’t eat meat and wish that everyone in the world would stop eating meat but that’s not the reality of our world. The least we could do is treat these beautiful animals with dignity. ALL SLAUGHTERHOUSES SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH CAMERA’S, THIS SHOULD BECOME LAW AROUND THE WORLD.

  5. Deborah Mellonie says:

    This should have happened when reports of savage cruelty by these sick evil workers were first reported. The people who commit this type of barbaric cruelty must not be allowed near animals or children. There is something seriously wrong with them.

  6. Catherine Jenereaux says:

    This will make a huge difference for Factory Farm and Slaughterhouses moving forward. It should not have taken this long. What goes on in those death pits have been known and shown for many years. Yes it is great they have finally done something but what about all the suffering, abuse, fear and torture of current and previous animals and how long is it going to take to have these cameras put in place. Has a time frame been established or will it take years. Someone needs to answer for that.

  7. Cynthia Mattera says:

    This should be mandatory all over the world!

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