Scotland for Animals is conducting a campaign to get CCTV into all abattoirs in Scotland by law.
As uncomfortable as it is we would ask you to take a look further down the page, you will see just some of the horrifying, deliberate cruelty filmed in slaughterhouses in our country. The images speak for themselves but we really can't stress enough how urgently we need to act. Don't look away, look for change.
Undercover investigations show animals being beaten, stabbed, burned, electrocuted and terrorised during the slaughter process.
Nine abattoirs were chosen at random and monitored by our colleagues at Animal Aid. Serious and repeated breaches of welfare laws were recorded on film in eight of them. This is not an anomaly, it's the everyday reality of slaughter in the UK.
Putting it bluntly, UK abattoirs are a free-for-all of brutality and violence.
'The cost to implement mandatory CCTV would be negligible. The union UNISON, which represents slaughterhouse staff, agrees and supports Scotland for Animals' campaign. As does cosmetics giant Lush and groups such as those campaigning for CCTV in care homes to prevent abuse of the elderly and vulnerable.'
'Elements within the Scottish Government and Civil Service are working hand in hand with the slaughter industry to keep CCTV out of abattoirs. Money and career means more to them than the safety of animals and staff.'
We know that the situation in Scotland's slaughterhouses means that it is very difficult for staff to prevent or report animal abuse. We also know from the contact we have with them that there are many who are sick of the cruelty they see every day in their workplaces but due to intimidation or threats of sacking are powerless to take action.
If you are one of these workers we have your back. Contact us in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org
Actually, you can do quite a lot! Remember doing nothing changes nothing, but actions large & small facilitate change. Your voice can help us get there quicker.
Order our free CCTV campaign materials for your workplace, school, library etc. Get your friends and family involved too.
You can ask your MSP to take note of your concerns and request they take action and request them to support a legal amendment in order to make CCTV mandatory in all of Scotland's slaughter areas. Write to them here.
We don't offer a template here as that leads to cut & paste emails being ignored and deleted as spam by administration offices staff and ultimately politicians don't see them. Please write a short email in your own words covering the following points:
I ask that as my MSP you take action to ensure that legislation is enacted to make it mandatory for all stages of the killing process in every slaughterhouse in our country to be monitored by CCTV.
That you wish to see Scotland for Animals and other reputable, independent animal welfare agencies on board to advise and give support.
We desperately need funds to make this campaign effective. Please consider making an urgent donation to this campaign. Large or small, every single penny will go directly towards this. SFA is staffed entirely by volunteers. We take no wages, we have no expensive offices to run and no have no staff perks. This ensures 100% of donation goes straight to the front line.
"I support SfA's campaign to get CCTV into abattoirs. I want to know that the meat I supply my discerning customers is of top quality. And food animal welfare greatly contributes to that."
"Having grown up next to a Scottish abattoir, I have seen first-hand the barbarity that goes on when the workers think no one is watching. The people on the kill floor were known as the "blood boys", a fitting title as they routinely battered animals in line for slaughter. Today, I don't believe things have improved. In fact I think they have become increasingly worse as the demand for higher kills per hour rises with the mass-production of meat. It's a de-humanising job in which the worker is also at risk of abuse from colleagues and psychological damage due to the bullying environment and constant scenes of violence. As a care-worker, I strongly believe that the helpless and vulnerable, be they human or animal, deserve our respect and care. Installing CCTV in all slaughterhouses would aid in the reduction of excessive cruelty and distress for animals. Ultimately, evil men do things only because the good men do not speak!"
"UNISON Scotland represents Meat Hygiene Inspectors and vets in food production plants. We would welcome the introduction of independently monitored CCTV in slaughterhouses. This will help maintain high regulatory standards that are being threatened by the deregulatory policies of both the European Commission and Scottish Government."
"CCTV is as vital to employees safety and wellbeing as the health and safety procedures already in place. The fact that CCTV is not already in place in slaughter houses absolutely baffles me. People have the right to go to work and feel safe in their workplace, regardless of the field that they work in."
"Those who have no voice are easy targets for neglect and abuse. Those who want to speak out to protect them are silenced. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. I see no reason why CCTV cannot be installed in slaughterhouses. Like every form of business inspection, they judge with what they see on the day, what about the other days of the year? For me personally it starts at the top and if the top person of the company is rotten, it follows right through onto the ‘shop floor'. The elderly in care homes and animals in slaughterhouses are the victims and we need CCTV installed to protect them. They have no voice, we do."
"I have run an animal rescue centre in Dumfries and Galloway for the last twenty five years and before that I had a small charity concerned with the welfare of equines. During these years I have given many students work experience placements, the most relevant to this campaign being student vets who have to do a compulsory placement in abattoirs. They have frequently told me about animals being brought into the abattoirs with broken legs who have then been beaten and kicked in order to make them move faster, other cases where electric probs are also used to speed the animals towards their deaths. Rough handling, rough language and totally unacceptable behaviour that has left the students upset and anxious about the cruelty displayed.
Cameras therefore are the only means by which the general conduct in abattoirs can be closely monitored."