Consultation on introduction of compulsory closed circuit TV recording of slaughter at abattoirs in Scotland

Closes 20 Jun 2018

Opened 28 Mar 2018


To seek views on the introduction of compulsory CCTV recording of slaughter in Scottish abattoirs. Views are also being sought on the benefits to animal welfare of compulsory CCTV; on the storage of, and access to, CCTV footage; on the costs of compulsory slaughter to the industry; and whether a requirement for CCTV should be dependent on the size of the abattoir.

Why We Are Consulting

In the Programme for Government 2017-18, the Scottish Government committed to consulting on the introduction of compulsory video recording of slaughter at abattoirs in Scotland to aid enforcement of welfare requirements by abattoir management and Food Standards Scotland.

This consultation provides information on the benefits of CCTV as an important complement to official physical observation and verification of slaughterhouse practices towards protecting animal welfare and benefitting the plant operator's business. 

The Scottish Government is seeking views of all interested parties to refine future policy development on this topic.

Download the consultation paper.

Give us your views


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