Action needed on live exports

As the Scottish Government announces that they will oppose a ban on live exports we can reveal that thousands of ‘livestock’ animals are transported from Scotland to the rest of the EU per year.

Via Freedom of Information requests Scotland for Animals has discovered that from 2016 to early February 2018 nearly twenty two and a half thousand animals were sent to countries outwith Great Britain for breeding, production/ fattening and slaughter.

The countries where these animals ended up are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.

In addition nearly fifty three thousand were transported to Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

We are in touch with our friends at Kent Action Against Live Exports who campaign to end this trade and document the misery which it creates.

If you have not already done so please contact First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and demand that government drop their support of live exports.

Feel free to base your personalised message on the following:

FAO First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Dear Ms Sturgeon,

I am writing regarding your administration’s opposition to a ban on the live export of animals.

I am aware that Ministers have been provided with information and evidence highlighting major welfare concerns within the industry. I am therefore deeply disappointed that the Scottish Government has chosen to support this trade.

Please be aware that this decision will reflect badly on the Scottish Government. I am sure that this will also further highlight it’s apparent disinterest in welfare improvements for animals reared for production and slaughter.

I would advise you to reconsider the situation and support a ban on live exports before any further damage is inflicted on your reputation.

Yours sincerely,

Send to

You can also send by post to:

The First Minister
The Scottish Government
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road

Please also visit the Kent Action Against Live Exports site,, and give them your support.

Media covers meat from unstunned animals in food chain

Media running articles today about meat from unstunned slaughter entering the food chain.

Scotland for Animals exposed this issue in 2013.

Please make no mistake, the steady worsening of this situation isn’t just down to self-serving politicians. Blame also lies with animal welfare groups.

Some have not just turned a blind eye but, to their shame, enabled the non-stun industry by trying to silence critics of this method of slaughter implying that they’re motivated by racism.

See one of today’s articles here.

Visit the SfA campaign page.

Scottish government announces it will oppose a ban on live exports

The Scottish government has announced that it will oppose a ban on the live export of animals.

Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing has stated that Scotland will neither support, nor participate in, moves to end the practice.

The current administration have been on a charm offensive trying to con all of us into believing that they’re ‘leading the way’ on animal welfare. These chancers could not care less.

Scotland for Animals cautioned that the new found conscience at St. Andrews House was smoke and mirrors. They couldn’t keep the mask on for long.

live export of animals causes suffering and misery. The Scottish government might support this but the Scottish people won’t.

let them know that they do not speak for us on this issue and that they must support a ban.

Contact Nicola Sturgeon:

St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road

Ask the Scottish government to take the lead on animal sentience

The UK government yesterday announced plans to legislate for the explicit recognition of animal sentience.

The Bill, if enacted, would require that “regard” be taken to the welfare implications of this sentience when formulating and implementing government policy.

As this proposed duty would apply to Ministers of the Crown devolved decisions would not be covered.

Scotland for Animals welcomes the proposed recognition. We would however like to see the Scottish government go further.

There has been a substantial amount of comment from many Holyrood politicians with regards to this issue. Here’s their chance to now turn words into action.

Scotland for Animals calls on Ministers to commit to bringing forward a Bill to legislate, if animal sentience is recognised in UK law, for their welfare needs as sentient beings to be given not only regard but priority in any relevant policy or legislative decisions.


We need you to ask First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to commit to Scotland leading the way.


Please feel free to personalise this suggested message:

Dear Ms Sturgeon,

I am writing regarding the publishing of a Draft Bill by the UK government proposing to recognise animal sentience.

The Bill further proposes that this be given regard by Ministers of the Crown when formulating and implementing policy.

I would be grateful if you could please confirm whether, should the Draft Bill be enacted, your administration will commit to bringing forward a Bill to legislate for the welfare needs of animals, as sentient beings, to be given not only regard but priority in any relevant policy or legislative decisions by Scottish Ministers.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon can be contacted at

Or by post:

The Scottish Government
St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road


Thank you.

CCTV campaign

CCTV campaign stall in Glasgow again today.

Spoke to some great people, thanks to everybody for support.

We’ll be coming to a place near you shortly. Get in touch if you want to join in and visit our CCTV campaign page for more.

Great support for our slaughterhouse CCTV campaign in Glasgow

Tremendous support for our slaughterhouse CCTV campaign in Glasgow today. Thanks to everybody who passed on their messages demanding that the Scottish Government bring about legislation.

In typical fashion Layla insisted in putting her 10 bob’s worth in too.

Visit our CCTV page for more.

England: CCTV in abattoirs

England: CCTV in abattoirs



The UK Government yesterday announced plans to implement mandatory CCTV in England’s abattoirs.
We commend our friends in the South who’s hard work and personal risk has led to this being placed on the table.


While we welcome the move we’re concerned by proposals that any footage may not be independently monitored but, instead, accessed only by slaughterhouse vets and Food Standards Agency inspectors.
This falls short of our position of support for independent scrutiny to ensure proper safeguards.
Indications are that these authorities are often unable to properly enforce welfare legislation in abattoirs effectively. If legislation is enacted any monitoring must be multi-layered, slaughter can’t continue to be kept ‘in house’.



While wheels are turning in England the Scottish Government and Civil Service has opposed, and continues to oppose, calls from Scotland for Animals and the Scottish public to bring about the implementation of mandatory, independently monitored CCTV.


We hope that Scotland’s politicians will now somehow find the bottle to act.



Visit our webpage to support SfA’s campaign.

Exposed: Demand that the Scottish Government moves urgently on abattoir CCTV

Exposed: Demand that the Scottish Government moves urgently on abattoir CCTV

From May 2015 to January 2017 the body responsible for monitoring welfare in Scottish slaughterhouses recorded 181 breaches.

These were only the breaches that were actually picked up.

It has become so bad the authorities have set up what is effectively a crisis committee to attempt to manage the situation.

Last year Scotland for Animals exposed the nature of offences including ineffective stunning, injured animals being left to suffer and animals waiting to die in overcrowded pens.

SfA can also now reveal that we have discovered that out of the 181 recorded, 143 of these crimes were committed in slaughterhouses where there was already self-regulated CCTV in operation.

Scotland for Animals has consistently argued that the position of government, and perhaps more shamefully some alleged animal welfare groups, of supporting voluntary CCTV uptake managed by the abattoir operators themselves, is useless.

This reluctance to take on a very powerful industry is causing suffering on an unimaginable scale.

The governing party in Scotland, the SNP, has had support for mandatory CCTV agreed at it’s annual conferences. There has been no action to implement this to date.

Please take a few minutes to write to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and demand immediate action.



Sample message:

Re: CCTV in slaughterhouses.

Dear Ms Sturgeon,

I am appalled to learn that the situation in Scottish slaughterhouses has become of such concern that a crisis committee is being convened by Food Standards Scotland to investigate the issue.

I am further aware that your administration has repeatedly rejected calls for mandatory, independently monitored CCTV at slaughter establishments and has instead chosen to support self-regulation.

As the charity Scotland for Animals has now revealed that the vast majority of breaches recorded in the past two years were in establishments where your favoured system was present I would ask that you now take urgent action to have mandatory and independent monitoring put in place.

I note that at your party conference last year delegates voted to support this policy but your government has done nothing to carry this through.

Please be reminded that as there is an election next month, and that there is great public support for legislative change, then failure to act will reflect badly on your party and candidates.

I await your reply.

Thank you in advance.

Contact here:

As the the Scottish Government has been increasingly relying on the votes of Green MSPs to get legislation through please also contact Co-Convenor Patrick Harvie:


You can ask him why, as the Greens also have a commitment to mandatory CCTV, he and his party have done nothing make this a condition when providing support at Holyrood.

CCTV campaign: Please act now

CCTV campaign: Please act now


Media have been running excellent articles today highlighting abuse in Scotland’s abattoirs.



Last year Scotland for Animals exposed the extent of breaches at slaughter including animals with fractures, injuries being ignored, repeated stuns, Stunning by unapproved methods and animals regaining consciousness while being killed.



We handed this dossier to the delegates who went on to move the successful motion to support slaughterhouse CCTV at the 2016 SNP conference.



This is only a matter of time now. We’ve fought long and hard so keep pushing.



Share and Contact your MSPs to ask that they support mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in Scotland’s slaughterhouses.

SNP adopts policy of mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses

SNP adopts policy of mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses



On Thursday 13th October 2016 the SNP party conference voted to support mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses as policy.

The motion, co-proposed by Scotland for Animals Patron the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, indicates that the Scottish Government position of opposition to mandatory CCTV is becoming increasingly untenable.

Kay Hamilton, Dowager Duchess of Hamilton “We have had our resolution passed to make CCTV mandatory but we cannot stop there. We must have have it put into legislation”

John Patrick, SfA Co-Convenor “We congratulate all involved in the proposal of this motion and the members who supported it.”


“Scotland for Animals has led the campaign for mandatory, independently monitored slaughterhouse CCTV in Scotland in the face of both industry and political resistance. A recent Freedom Of Information request by our charity showed an alarming level of breaches in abattoirs with what appears to be little or no sanction. This is unacceptable.”



“The last consultation on slaughter legislation showed overwhelming support for mandatory CCTV from respondents. We call on the Scottish Government to listen to not only their party’s membership but also to the people of Scotland and move to enact real protections for animals at the time of killing.”