Support Bid for Cameras in All Slaughterhouses

Target: Michael Gove, U.K. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Goal: Applaud efforts to stop animal cruelty in slaughterhouses by installing government-monitored CCTV.

CCTV cameras will be mandatory in all British slaughterhouses in a bid to ensure animal welfare. Food Standards Agency vets will be granted unrestricted access to footage of all areas containing livestock. Abbatoirs found in noncompliance of this regulation risk a welfare enforcement notice, the suspension or revocation of staff licenses, or referral for a criminal investigation.

Along with this new requirement, standards for farm animals and domestic pets will be raised. This will include updating statutory animal welfare codes to reflect advancements in medicines, technology and the latest research and advice from veterinarians.

According to environment secretary Michael Gove, the new plan will “cement the U.K.’s position as a global leader on animal welfare.” British Veterinary Association president Gudrun Ravetz praised the move, saying that it will “provide an essential tool in fostering a culture of compassion that could help safeguard animal welfare.”

Campaigners started a renewed call for the move after footage secretly captured in a Halal slaughterhouse showed workers committing unspeakable cruelty against animals. They were seen brutally hacking at the necks of sheep, leaving many to suffer in extreme pain and fear for several minutes until they bled out.

Cameras accessible by government vets can help prevent animal cruelty in slaughterhouses, as well as make it easier for the perpetrators of this cruelty to be prosecuted. Sign the petition below to applaud this groundbreaking move.


Dear Mr. Gove,

A recent bid to install CCTV cameras in all British slaughterhouses is being lauded as a step in the right direction to ensure the welfare of animals in the farming industry. The move, which will see the cameras monitored by Food Standards Agency vets, was made in response to the release of footage taken in a Halal slaughterhouse of workers brutalizing animals. Along with this new requirement, standards for farm animals will be raised, including updating statutory animal welfare codes to reflect advancements in medicines, technology and the latest research and advice from veterinarians.

This will not only help deter animal cruelty in the farming industry, but will make it easier to prosecute those who commit it. We, the undersigned, applaud this groundbreaking effort to ensure the welfare of animals in slaughterhouses.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Definitely! Yes! Absolutely!

  2. This is great news. This should be done in every country. It will help stop staff from individually abusing the animals.
    And….as the slaughtering of the poor animals is so horrible, hopefully this will open people’s eyes to the fact that there is NO such thing as humane killing. May all the truth about the animal farming industry be fully exposed, and lead to many more people becoming vegan, and to the horrible farming industry coming to an end.

  3. KUDOS!!!!

    If only… there were cameras in EVERY slaughterhouse — then the monsters would have to cease their torture for it would be on display for the world to see

    Let’s start the move to take the lead started here and put cameras in 100% of slaughterhouses across the globe!!!!!

  4. As numerous animal right orginzation have shown, animal abuse runs rampant on factory farms. With the use of camera’s, we call out when these abuses happen. This should be a law wherever animals are involved for any situation.


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