Deploying CCTV systems to become compulsory in Scottish abattoirs

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Installing CCTV camera systems will become mandatory across in all areas where livestock are present in abattoirs, under new legislation announced by the Scottish Government, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

About 80% of slaughterhouses in Scotland have installed CCTV voluntarily, but rural affairs minister Mairi Gougeon said the measures for these systems to become mandatory would be introduced into legislation later this year.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) said the move was a “huge win for animal health and welfare”.

Melissa Donald, BVA Scottish branch president, said: “While it is positive that eight out of 10 Scottish abattoirs already have CCTV, introducing legislation ensures consistency across the board and will help to keep welfare standards high at all stages of the supply chain.

“Official veterinarians in Scottish abattoirs will be able to use CCTV as a complement to their welfare monitoring and also have unrestricted access to footage so that they can identify and resolve any breaches in regulation effectively.”

NFU Scotland welcomed the move, but said it would be seeking assurances from the Scottish government on the financial implications of installing CCTV, especially for smaller abattoirs.

NFUS president Andrew McCornick said: “Scottish agriculture already adheres to some of the highest animal health and welfare standards and pride themselves on producing meat to the highest of quality because of it.”

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