According to the BBC, England is phasing in the use of cameras in slaughterhouses to crack down on animal abuse.
The move is part of the government’s plan to increase welfare standards for farmed animals and domestic companion animals in England. Codes of practice for handling chickens raised for meat, egg-laying hens, pigs, dogs, cats, and horses will undergo review this year. Under the new rules, any slaughterhouse caught failing to meet the new animal welfare standards could face criminal investigation, loss of staff licenses, or both.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove told the BBC:
We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and the actions I am setting out today will reinforce our status as a global leader. As we prepare to leave the EU, these measures provide a further demonstration to consumers around the world that our food is produced to the very highest standards.
While the new rules will take time to implement, they have the potential to deter some of the most egregious animal cruelty and facilitate prosecution of animal abusers.
Mercy For Animals investigations in the United States have revealed countless animals suffering torturous mutilations; intensive confinement; and brutal, grisly slaughter—all standard meat industry practices.
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