BVA reiterates calls for Assembly to introduce mandatory CCTV in Welsh slaughterhouses

22 August 2017

The British Veterinary Association has written to Wales’ Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM, to offer congratulations on the third Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework (AHWF) Implementation Plan for 2017/18 and call on Wales to consider introducing mandatory CCTV in Welsh slaughterhouses.

The Implementation Plan outlines that the Wales AHWF Group will be providing advice on the need and possible implementation of a workable system of CCTV in Welsh slaughterhouses.

The mention comes after the Defra Secretary of State UK announced plans to introduce mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses in England with full and unrestricted access to footage for Official Veterinarians.

Sarah Carr, BVA Welsh Branch President, said:

“We applaud the strong focus and commitment towards continued improvement of animal health and welfare standards in Wales, which is evident in this plan – and the specific mention of CCTV in slaughterhouses. 

“We were disappointed last year that the Safeguarding Animal Welfare at Slaughter Task and Finish Group’s report concluded that there was not a “sufficient basis” for making CCTV in Welsh abattoirs mandatory. With plans now underway to introduce mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses in England, with full and unrestricted access to footage for Official Veterinarians, we are urging the Welsh Government to implement concurrent measures in Wales.”

“Animals we farm for food must have both a good life and a humane death, and mandatory CCTV has a key role to play in ensuring these requirements are met.”

Mandatory CCTV in all areas of slaughterhouses will provide an essential tool in fostering a culture of compassion that could help safeguard animal welfare and, alongside essential unrestricted 24/7 access to footage for Official Veterinarians, is vital in order to safeguard animal welfare, assist with enforcement and instil consumer confidence. Vets’ independence and unique qualifications help ensure the highest standards of animal health, welfare and food safety. 

BVA Media Office