Israel to Install Cameras in All Slaughterhouses
As Paul McCartney stated, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” Well, Israel has come very close to this, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced plans to install cameras and video recorders in all slaughterhouses by the end of 2016.
The announcement comes after outrage over the undercover footage showing abuse at many slaughterhouses in Israel, with the activist group Anonymous for Animal Rights stating:
“These are factories who by nature are involved in abuse and killing, and the investigations that we have performed have proven that even the minimum requirements of the law are not being applied.”
As a result, approximately 400 cameras and 50 digital recording systems will be installed in all 50 slaughterhouses in Israel this year. The cameras will be filming 24/7 to a central ministry control room and in an off-site ministry control center, and supervisors from the facility, as well as members of the ministry’s veterinary services, will have access to monitor the footage.
Uri Ariel, Minister of Agriculture, stated:
“Our inspection of slaughterhouses is rising to the next level. We were witnesses to various severe cases at slaughterhouses around Israel. On the one hand, we cannot generalize, but on the other hand we must increase monitoring and enforcement or else these cases will not change.”
This move is an example of a government listening to the people’s outrage over abuse, and will at the very least ensure general animal welfare standards are followed in all slaughterhouses. It is also a radically different approach compared to that of the United States, with attempts to enforce ag-gag laws to criminalize any exposure of factory farms or slaughterhouses in general.
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