AUSTRALIA: Welfare group calls for TV surveillance of abattoirs
Posted: December 1st, 2011 - 2:09pm
Animals Australia is calling for all abattoirs and saleyards to be fitted with closed circuit television, so animal welfare can be monitored closely.
Last week, the lobby group passed on to regulators private film taken at a Victorian abattoir, showing the alleged abuse of pigs.
The footage lead to a formal investigation, and the cancellation of the L.E Giles abattoir's licence to operate.
Glenys Oogjes, from Animals Australia, believes cameras would make abattoirs and saleyards more accountable.
"We believe that if there was CCTV put in, that that would monitor on a regular basis and also be available to provide evidence when things go wrong that would change behaviour and it would give some assurance to people that at least our regulations are being adhered to," she said.
"We don't have that at the present time."
But the Victorian Farmers Federation has rejected the idea.