Published On: Tue, Nov 4th, 2014 on 2:26 pm

Slaughterhouse CCTV campaign backed by Huddersfield MP

Barry Sheerman Slaughterhouse CCTV

Huddersfield MP, Barry Sheerman, has pledged his support to Animal Aid’s campaign calling for mandatory CCTV inside UK slaughterhouses.

Mr Sheerman is now one of over 160 MPs across the country who have signed a parliamentary motion for independently-monitored CCTV cameras introduced in slaughterhouses to deter welfare abuses.

Between 2009 and 2011, animal rights group Animal Aid secretly filmed inside nine randomly chosen UK slaughterhouses and found eight of them breaking animal welfare laws.

Slaughterhouse workers were filmed kicking, punching and beating animals, burning them with cigarettes, throwing them into stunning pens, and dragging them by their ears.

Animal Aid also recorded animals being improperly stunned and coming round again, and suffering electrocution instead of being stunned.

Kate Fowler, head of campaigns at Animal Aid, said: “There is no excuse for the savagery we filmed inside some slaughterhouses, and yet it went on right under the noses of vets stationed there to monitor welfare.

“Clearly, we need a more robust regulatory system, and CCTV can play an important part in deterring and detecting welfare breaches. We are very grateful for the support of Mr Sheerman and his compassionate colleagues.”

In a 2014 YouGov poll commissioned by Animal Aid, 76% of British adults favoured CCTV being made mandatory in all UK slaughterhouses including independent monitoring of the footage.

Other MPs in West Yorkshire who have already pledged support to the campaign include David Ward of Bradford East, Linda Riordan of Halifax, Simon Reevell of Dewsbury, Fabian Hamilton of Leeds North East, George Mudie of Leeds East, and Greg Mulholland of Leeds North West.

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