UK - A UK campaign for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses has been backed by comedian and animal-lover Ricky Gervais, who shared the petition link via Twitter and Facebook.
The No. 10 petition was launched by campaign group Animal Aid, with the aim of securing 100,000 signatures, thereby triggering a debate in the House of Commons.
Between 2009 and 2011, Animal Aid placed fly-on-the-wall cameras inside nine UK slaughterhouses and claimed to find that eight of them were breaking animal welfare laws.
The breaches the action group reported included kicking, beating and punching animals, burning them with cigarettes and deliberately inflicting electric shocks on the faces, legs, tails and abdomens.
Additionally, the group said that mis-stunning of animals was commonplace, with many going to the knife without proper stunning.
Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler said: ‘Not one of the thousands of breaches of welfare laws we filmed was detected by the on-site vets or the slaughterhouse operators, which shows that the current system is failing animals very badly.
“It doesn't take a genius to see that we need cameras to properly monitor what goes on. But with the comic genius supporting us, our campaign is receiving massive public attention and the days when people can get away with deliberately abusing animals inside slaughterhouses are coming to an end.”
Other supporters of the campaign include television vets Marc Abraham, Emma Milne and Pete Wedderburn. More than 120 MPs have signed the latest Early Day Motion in support of this campaign, while a YouGov poll found that, of those who expressed a view, 87 per cent of the public also wants mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses.
The campaign Make CCTV mandatory for all slaughterhouses is on www.tinyurl.com/CCTVpetition
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