MP’s abattoir CCTV call

jpco-12-3-14 Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has branded the image of Queen's Square as not being good enough for the standard local consumers and shoppers visiting the town should expect. (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-141003-110032001
jpco-12-3-14 Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has branded the image of Queen's Square as not being good enough for the standard local consumers and shoppers visiting the town should expect. (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-141003-110032001

Henry Smith MP has called for all slaughterhouses to introduce CCTV to ensure animal safety following an Animal Aid investigation showing violations of animal welfare regulations. Henry said: “ Animal Aid’s work includes secretly recording inside ten randomly-selected slaughterhouses, and finding shocking animal welfare abuses in nine of them.”

“CCTV in slaughterhouses provides welfare oversight and helps prevent abuse; something, from the appalling scenes witnessed, is clearly now needed.

“Most supermarkets have already taken decisive action. All the major chains now insist that their slaughterhouse suppliers have CCTV installed.

“I am pleased to have support of over 170 MPs, and that 80,000 people have signed a petition on the Government website.

“Personally I’ve been vegetarian for over a quarter-of-a-century because of animal welfare and food sustainability reasons, but I believe the vast majority of those who eat meat also want to know that their food has been produced without cruelty.”