Such a heavy burden: Slaughterhouses

CCTV in slaughterhouses

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March 2013

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pig about to be stunned with electric tongs The horse meat scandal; the deaths of slaughterhouse workers; the theft of firearms; and – of course – the widespread and shocking cruelty inflicted on animals. All this shows that slaughterhouses cannot be trusted to abide by the law. And still the government claims that slaughterhouses are ‚best placed‘ to monitor themselves. Independently monitored CCTV won’t stop the cruelty but it will help vets to regulate better, and it will help convict those who are caught on film abusing animals.

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In the slaughterhouse, Lovis Corinth, 1893.
In the slaughterhouse, Lovis Corinth, 1893. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[image] For immediate release: Wednesday 28th November 2012

‘Make CCTV Mandatory for Slaughterhouses!‘ says the British public

A YouGov poll has found that, of those who expressed a view, 73 per cent said the Government should make CCTV mandatory for all slaughterhouses in the UK.

The poll, which was conducted across Great Britain from 15-19 November, asked 3,445 people:

‘Most supermarkets insist that their slaughterhouse suppliers install CCTV, but this does not cover all abattoirs. Some people think that CCTV should be compulsory in ALL slaughterhouses, to help prevent potentially widespread illegal animal cruelty, such as the kicking, beating and punching of animals. Other people don’t think it should be made compulsory, due to the cost to slaughterhouses of installing CCTV and because some law abiding slaughterhouse owners and workers may object to being filmed at work. Do you think the government should or should not make it compulsory for CCTV to be installed in ALL slaughterhouses in the UK?‘ 

60 per cent of the total (and 73 per cent of those who expressed a view) answered: The government should make it compulsory.

22 per cent answered: The government should not make it compulsory.

18 per cent answered: Don’t Know.

 The statistics for those who expressed a view in Scotland indicate that 71 per cent support mandatory CCTV. In Wales, the figure is an overwhelming 78 per cent. 

Animal Aid has been campaigning for mandatory CCTV since the national group filmed inside nine randomly chosen slaughterhouses and found breaches of animal welfare laws in eight of them. The cruelties included animals being kicked, beaten, punched and burnt with cigarettes. Animal Aid’s footage led to two men being jailed.

Says Animal Aid’s Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler:

‘Our investigations have found that breaches of the law inside slaughterhouses are all too common when workers do not think they are being watched. CCTV will deter some of the worst cruelties, help with training and retraining of staff and provide evidence for prosecutions.

‘Despite this practical and achievable option, the government’s recent consultation on welfare at slaughter suggested that slaughterhouse owners „are best placed to decide which monitoring tools are most appropriate for their individual circumstances“. We believe this is a dereliction of the government’s duty and it must now pay heed to the public which rightly feels that regulations must be tightened, not weakened, in order to better protect animals.‘ 

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 Notes to Editors

  • The full poll results can be seen here: 

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 3445 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 15th-19th November 2012. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

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Helsinki: Animal Rights Activists Carry Dead Pigs to Protest print | close window

Animal rights activists carry dead pigs in downtown Helsinki protest

Central Union of Agricultural Producers disapproved of the demonstration

Animal rights activists carry dead pigs in downtown Helsinki protest
The Oikeutta Eläimille (”Justice for Animals”) organisation staged a protest on Wednesday afternoon, displaying carcasses of piglets at The Three Smiths’ statue in downtown Helsinki.
      ”These piglets less than four weeks of age weigh a couple of kilos. They were dumped by a pig farm after they had died”, reported Anne Nieminen, the information officer of the organisation.
      ”We planned to hold a protest before Christmas, as we wanted to remind people of the fact that behind every ham on the table there is a pig that has been suffering in a piggery and died as a result of that”, she said.
The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) characterised the stunt as an insult to both the producers and consumers of pigs.
      The Finnish Food Safety Authority EVIRA also delpored the incident on health grounds.
Five owners of pig farms have expressed their dissatisfaction with the ruling by the Salo District Court last week, according to which a group of animal activists who had shot videotape showing poor conditions at a pig farm was acquitted of all charges of aggravated defamation.
      The prosecutor has also expressed discontent with the decision.
      The main defendant was given a 20-day suspended sentence for disturbing the public peace, but all other charges were rejected.
      The court also rejected the pig farmers’ demands for more than EUR 150,000 in monetary restitution.