France Passes Bill Ordering Installation of Cameras in Slaughterhouses
The Local has reported that France’s parliament has officially voted to “install CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses across France,” and to place them “in areas where the animals are delivered, kept, immobilized, stunned, and slaughtered.”
According to the report, the decision comes after “numerous scandals of animal cruelty,” most often exposed by local animal rights group L214, that released a series of undercover videos to the media depicting several counts of animal cruelty–even at an “animal-friendly” slaughterhouse. While the bill would be introduced in January 2018 if it passes the vote in Senate, according to Medium:
“The measure will be implemented first (by July 2017) through “experimentation,” in 263 slaughterhouses.”
The legislation would also include “an independent commission, a national slaughterhouse ethics committee and comes loaded with stiff penalties for animal cruelty violations–6 to 12 months of prison and fines from 7500 to 20,000 Euros.”
This bill is similar to a law that passed in Israel that announced cameras and video recorders would be installed in all slaughterhouses by the end f 2016. Considering Oxfam’s recent report that highlighted the plight of poultry workers, this law, if passed, could mean a change in the treatment of both animals and workers.
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