Friday, 4 July 2014

Animal welfare in abattoirs

The BBC Scotland 2014 programme ran a piece on animal welfare standards in abattoirs on 2 July.

It shows, through secret filming and interviews with abattoir workers and farmers, shocking animal welfare standards in Scottish and UK abattoirs. This piece shows that we need stronger regulation, resisting efforts to lower standards.

The Scottish meat brand will not be protected by abandoning regulation. It is therefore in the interests of consumers and meat producers to ensure we have the highest standards. The recent decision by the Scottish Government to end the visual inspection of pigs is just one example of this deregulatory approach. Mincing tumours and abscesses into our sausages cannot be right.



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