FSA threat to abattoirs who refuse to install CCTV

ABATTOIRS that do not install CCTV cameras could face additional inspection costs, under plans to be discussed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) board on Tuesday.

The FSA board is being asked to endorse a proposal to encourage abattoirs to install CCTV as a tool to help protect animal welfare.

FSA director of operations Andrew Rhodes has recommended the policy in response to undercover filming by animal rights group Animal Aid, which has exposed breaches of animal welfare legislation at a number of UK abattoirs over the past year.

In a paper to be discussed at an FSA board meeting in London on Tuesday, Mr Rhodes writes:

“Breaches of animal welfare legislation will not be tolerated. The FSA is working with industry to ensure operators comply with the legislation, but where operators are unable to demonstrate compliance, the FSA will vigorously enforce the legislation on behalf of Defra.

“The Board is recommended to endorse the actions taken by the Executive in encouraging the installation by Food Business Operators of CCTV in slaughterhouses, and active monitoring of footage, as a tool to help protect animal welfare.”

The paper adds: “If FBOs are unable to prevent breaches of animal welfare legislation and are unwilling to take proactive corrective action, for example voluntary installation of CCTV with active monitoring, or additional training of FBO staff, then FSA will consider putting in additional staff to observe slaughter practices. The FBO

would be charged for such staff until compliance could be satisfactorily demonstrated.”

Animal Aid is campaigning to encourage  supermarkets to only buy meat from animals killed in slaughterhouses fitted with CCTV cameras. It is urging its supporters to lobby retailers in a postcard campaign.

“The slaughterhouse owners will listen to the supermarkets, who are their main customers, and the supermarkets will listen to their customers – you,” Animal Aid says on its website,

“CCTV won’t make slaughter and the meat industry OK – far from it – but it will prevent some of the shocking cruelty and illegality that we found at six out of seven randomly chosen slaughterhouses where we filmed undercover.”

Readers' comments (12)

  • A good, necessaryand overdue measure. Sorry, guys - but what I've seen this morning in the Animal Aid video is simply disgusting. I do wish monitors showing just that, and all day long, were installed over self-serving meat counters at supermarkets. People should at least have the backbone to watch what they buy. As to this material being obtained "illegally" - well, that should be obvious, no ? I am not for using "illegal" (??) means where any possible, and I am certainly not for violence (but what do we see in these videos, I ask you ?), but - BUT - nobody should expect such material to be produced and handed over (by those running such businesses) to the authorities voluntarily. That would be admitting guilt, and invite (just) punishment. So ...

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  • professional CCTV products: www.camera2000.com

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  • Keep up the good work. For years I've thought and spoken out, that any site with live animals esp factory farms should have cameras. any site with so called research should be closed.

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  • Thank you Animal Aid for exposing this cruelty. I agree that this footage should be shown in all butcher shops and at the meat counter in supermarkets. Let people know that they are involved in mass murder and cruelty.

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  • Yet more stupid legislation from the FSA , it is time it was got rid of .

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  • well done to animal aid. these
    animals need all the support they can get. YES YES show these videos in the supermarket. Most folks havent a clue what happens to their dinner, and possibly care less, but if confronted with the reality of it they may develop a conscience.

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  • CCTV in slaughterhouses is like putting a band-aid on a gun-shot wound. Given the effort these animal groups go to to produce these videos, why don't they use this as impetus to encourage people to go vegan? That is the most powerful action anyone can take to stop these abuses. If I were stuck in a prison cell being tortured I'd rather people campaign for my freedom than for a camera for people to see how I'm being tortured.

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  • I have always trusted that British abbatoirs have a high standard of animal welfare, these revelations by Animal Aid have shocked me. We have never consumed much meat and now I shall buy even less. Yes these cctv cameras should be compulsory, I would willingly pay a bit more to ensure an animal has a humane end.

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  • Way Heh!!! . Roll on the Thought Police they'll soon be with us!

    We'll soon all have to wear hoods and face masks in the toilet when they start checking we don't use too much toilet paper and destroy the rain forests. .

    I see some of you have already been brainwashed into the obedient acceptance of BIG BROTHER. . . Well they'll never dominate me. . You please yourselves.

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  • Agree with this 100%: it is long overdue..I'm so glad i do not eat meat. If you're really worried about this-which you should be-go veggie; then you'll know in your heart you are not playing a part in the abuse of animals.

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