Slaughterhouse cameras could reduce cruelty by bringing accountability

Most of us already know that slaughterhouses are places right out of horror movies, filled with all the filthy smells, mounds of underfoot feces, blood splatters, and screams that one might expect. It’s not only because of the slaughtering — it’s also because of the abuse animals routinely endure leading up to their deaths. But there’s some good news: the government of Wales is taking a new and novel approach to improving animal welfare for livestock. National leaders are determined to bring transparency by requiring CCTV cameras in all Wesh slaughterhouses. Now we need this in the rest of the UK!

Wales’s approach is in direct contrast to much of the rest of the world, particularly the United States and Canada. In these countries, so-called “ag-gag” laws protect the privacy of slaughterhouses and factory farms, making it a literal crime to whistleblow about the cruelty. CCTV, on the other hand, would blow the whole world of animal torture wide open, exposing what happens inside facilities. This transparency would push slaughterers to treat animals more humanely, which is a big win. It’s time for the rest of Great Britain to follow suit by requiring that all British slaughterhouses install CCTV to monitor the treatment of farmed animals! Sign the petition to help now!

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