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Welfare at slaughter
BVA disappointed by recommendation on CCTV in Welsh slaughterhouses

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THE BVA and Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA) have expressed disappointment that a recent report commissioned by the Welsh Government has recommended that CCTV should not be mandatory in slaughterhouses in Wales.

The report was prepared by the industry-led Safeguarding Animal Welfare at Slaughter Task and Finish Group. The group studied the number and type of welfare incidents recorded in abattoirs in Wales in 2015 alongside the throughput of animals in Welsh slaughterhouses. It also took account of an opinion from the Farm Animal Welfare Committee on the use of CCTV in animals, which concluded that CCTV was a useful tool but did not necessarily lead to better welfare outcomes.

In its report, which was published by the Welsh Government on December 16, the task and finish group notes …

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