Put CCTV in all abat­toirs, Gove or­ders TO PRE­VENT HOR­RORS LIKE THIS...

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Va­lerie El­liott

ABAT­TOIRS must in­stall CCTV by next sum­mer in a crack­down on an­i­mal cru­elty or­dered by En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove.

Own­ers in breach of new laws could face prison and the premises will be forced to close.

The move fol­lows a string of sick­en­ing in­ci­dents which has ex­posed the ap­palling treat­ment of some an­i­mals.

When wel­fare group An­i­mal Aid se­cretly filmed in­side 11 ran­domly cho­sen slaugh­ter­houses, it found clear ev­i­dence of cru­elty in ten of them. Work­ers were seen stub­bing out cig­a­rettes in the faces of pigs, and an­i­mals were stamped on, beaten and punched.

Mr Gove said: ‘We have some of the high­est an­i­mal wel­fare stan­dards in the world and want to ce­ment our sta­tus as a global leader by con­tin­u­ing to raise the bar. All an­i­mals should be treated with the ut­most re­spect at all stages of life and be sub­ject to the high­est pos­si­ble wel­fare stan­dards.

‘These strong mea­sures also pro­vide a fur­ther demon­stra­tion to con­sumers around the world that, as we leave the EU, we con­tinue to pro­duce our food to the very high­est stan­dards.’

Un­der the pro­pos­als, Food Stan­dards Agency vets who check on the treat­ment of an­i­mals in slaugh­ter­houses in Eng­land will be given un­re­stricted ac­cess to the last 90 days of CCTV footage.

A new Bill will be brought be­fore Par­lia­ment in the new year and it is ex­pected to be­come law by the spring. Firms will be given six months’ grace to com­ply.

At present, an­i­mal cru­elty con­vic­tions can re­sult in an un­lim­ited fine or a max­i­mum of six months in prison. How­ever, a Gov­ern­ment re­view has pro­posed a max­i­mum five-year sen­tence.

David Bowles, the RSPCA’s head of pub­lic af­fairs, said it was es­sen­tial to know more de­tails about the lo­ca­tion of the cam­eras, footage qual­ity and stor­age, and who had ac­cess.

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