Britain’s major horse welfare charities have unite in calling on Britain’s agriculture body, Defra, to make closed-circuit television monitoring in slaughterhouses mandatory.
World Horse Welfare has united with the British Horse Society, the Blue Cross, HorseWorld, Redwings and the RSPCA in making the call following horse welfare abuses revealed in footage obtained by Sky News last week.
The charities said strict laws were in place to protect the welfare of animals at slaughter and it was essential that abattoirs complied with them if they expected to be trusted by the British public.
Many assurance schemes and retailers already demanded closed-circuit monitoring as part of their schemes.
The charities said Britain’s Food Standards Agency clearly needed help with enforcement and electronic monitoring was a relatively inexpensive technology that could help.
They urged the public to show support for the move by signing a petition at http://bit.ly/WaFEjf and by emailing Defra.