AUSTRALIA: Company combats activists with closed-circuit TV
Posted: February 28th, 2012 - 8:10pm
Teys Australia, a joint venture partially owned by Cargill, has installed closed-circuit cameras in six of its slaughterhouses to reassure the public that it is meeting animal welfare standards.
Teys installed the CCTV cameras in response to consumer concerns about animal welfare, according to Tom Maguire, general manager - corporate affairs and innovations. "We are ever conscious that the decision to purchase beef in part reflects a consumers trust in the supply chain and industry that supplied the food," he said in an e-mail to Meatingplace. "Cameras are only part of a system that ensures animal welfare. It is the implementation of robust procedures underpinned by the right standards."
Recent undercover videos inside livestock farms have surfaced in an attempt to expose abuses in the meat industry. In response to one of the most recent videos, shot inside a hog farrowing operation, the Center for Food Integrity convened a panel of animal well-being experts to assess videos and determine whether abuse is occurring and what, if anything, should be done.
The trend is catching on: Last year five major UK-based supermarket chains demanded that CCTV systems be installed throughout British slaughterhouses to reassure consumers that the animals were treated properly.