Michael Gove today announced plans to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England. Under the proposals, Official Veterinarians and officials from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will be given unrestricted access to footage. The announcement has been welcomed by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the FSA, and animal protection charities.
Alongside these plans, the government also announced it intends to update statutory animal welfare codes of practice, which have long been considered to be outdated. The first code of practice to be updated will be that which relates to chickens reared for meat. Other codes of practice will be updated over the next 12 months.
DEFRA has announced public consultations on both of these measures. To submit a response to proposals to introduce mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses visit https://consult.defra.gov.uk/farm-animal-welfare/cctv-in-slaughterhouses/. To submit a response to proposals to update the welfare code of practice for meat chickens visit https://consult.defra.gov.uk/animal-health-and-welfare/code-of-practice-for-the-welfare-of-meat-chickens/.