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ALL approved slaughterhouse operators should install closed circuit television in all areas where live animals are kept and where animals are stunned and killed, the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) has recommended. The committee believes that, despite some limitations and concerns about its use, CCTV offers ‘real benefits’ to food business operators (FBOs) and the food chain.
The recommendation is made in an opinion from the committee on the use of CCTV in slaughterhouses to assess animal welfare, which was published on February 3.
In the opinion, the committee, which advises Defra and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales on the welfare of farmed animals, notes that there have been increasing calls from lobby groups and others for mandatory CCTV use in slaughterhouses and that, as a result, the Government is interested in whether current observation and verification efforts should be supplemented by the use of CCTV.
To inform its opinion, the FAWC reviewed scientific papers and held a consultation exercise to gather views from …