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Now only Iceland has to say 'Yes' to CCTV in slaughterhouses

Posted 8 April 2011

There is more great news today in Animal Aid’s CCTV-in-slaughterhouses campaign. The objective is to persuade supermarkets to insist that all their meat suppliers install independently monitored CCTV cameras in both the stunning and the slaughter areas (and shackling areas in the case of birds), in order to prevent some of the appalling brutality revealed by our undercover investigations. The law was being broken in seven out of the eight slaughterhouses in which we have filmed.

Now wholesaler Booker has joined Aldi, Asda, the Co-op, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose in saying ‘Yes’ to the cameras and to the independent monitoring of the resulting footage. We are keeping up the pressure on Iceland with more national newspaper adverts on April the 16th. We are also working with all the supermarket chains to ensure that the CCTV footage is monitored properly, and we have to ensure that incidents of law-breaking are dealt with effectively.

Of course, farmed animals will still suffer, and Animal Aid will continue to promote a cruelty-free vegan diet as the only way to stop that completely, but if we can now prevent some of the appalling brutality that our cameras revealed, then we have a duty to do so.

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