Supermarket installs CCTV to root out slaughterhouse cruelty
MORRISONS will have CCTV cameras in all its abattoirs by the end of December to root out any abuse of animal welfare.
The supermarket group will be installing cameras in the Colne, Lancashire, and Turriff, Abedreenshire, abattoirs of its wholly-owned subsidiary Woodhead Brothers by the end of next month. Cameras are already in operation in Woodhead Brothers’ Spalding site.
The group sources 95 per cent of its fresh lamb, beef and pork from Woodhead Brothers. The remainder is sourced externally, as is poultry.
It says cameras are being installed to ensure transparency about animal welfare standards, to monitor the treatment of animals, and to enable management to continuously improve systems.
Martyn Fletcher, group manufacturing director, said: “Our customers want to know that animals are treated well through the slaughtering process and we believe installing CCTV cameras is the best way to demonstrate that we have the highest possible standards.
“Morrisons is committed to the production of the highest quality food and excellence throughout our operations from field to fork. We can achieve this because we are the only major food retailer to own our own food manufacturing business.”
Footage from the CCTV cameras will be stored for 30 days and made available to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which has gone on record as saying it would like to see cameras installed in every abattoir.
The RSPCA is also backing compulsory cameras in all meat plants. Julia Wrathall, head of RSPCA’s farm animal science department, said they were ‘delighted’ Morrisons had taken this ‘extremely important’ step in helping to safeguard animal welfare and hoped it would encourage others to do the same.