Mark Tami MP Pledges Support to Campaign for Slaughterhouse CCTV

Mark Tami MP has pledged his support to the campaign for mandatory CCTV inside UK slaughterhouses. Mr Tami signed a parliamentary motion (an Early Day Motion) calling for mandatory CCTV to monitor working practices inside UK slaughterhouses and reiterated his support by agreeing to be photographed with Animal Aid’s campaign banner.

Says Mark Tami MP: “It’s fantastic that this campaign has such widespread political and public support. The work Animal Aid have done have really brought to light some shocking truths about slaughter houses.

“More needs to be done to ensure slaughterhouses comply with the strict regulations they are enforced by. Putting CCTV in the slaughterhouses would be a step very much in the right direction.”

Animal Aid placed fly-on-the-wall cameras inside ten slaughterhouses and found nine were breaking animal welfare laws. The footage revealed: slaughterhouse workers doing despicable things to fully conscious animals. They also failed to stun animals properly which is a serious breach of the law.

Says Kate Fowler, Slaughter Consultant with Animal Aid: ‘There is no excuse for the savagery we filmed inside British slaughterhouses, and yet it went on right under the noses of the vets who are stationed there. Clearly, this system which costs taxpayers millions of pounds is failing to protect animals. We need a more robust regulatory system, and CCTV – if properly monitored – can play an important part in deterring and detecting welfare breaches. We are very grateful for the support of Mr Tami in helping us stop slaughterhouse abuse.”

In a 2014 YouGov poll commissioned by Animal Aid, 76 per cent of British adults support CCTV being made mandatory in all UK slaughterhouses (with independent monitoring of the footage).