Welsh Government urged to make the use of CCTV surveillance cameras in slaughterhouses compulsory

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The installation of CCTV surveillance cameras in slaughterhouses should become compulsory in Wales, similar to England and Scotland, the Welsh Government is being urged.

In Wales there is funding through the Food Business Investment Scheme for the installation of cameras in abattoirs but it is a voluntary scheme and only one application has so far received a payment.

Eight applications were made for grants, four of which were to enable or upgrade CCTV systems to monitor animal welfare, but to date only one grant payment of £2,689 to install CCTV in a slaughterhouse has been paid.

The most recent publicly available statistics, published in 2016, showed that only eight of 23 operational slaughterhouses in Wales had any form of CCTV; these included the three largest sites in Wales.

“Not only will this bring our legislation in line with England and Scotland, it will also provide reassurance to the public that high animal welfare standards are being maintained throughout Wales,’’ said the Welsh Conservatives’ shadow minister for rural affairs, Janet Finch-Saunders MS.

The Welsh Government said Wales has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and this issue is taken “very seriously” throughout the food chain, including at slaughterhouses.

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