The welfare of ANIMALS in Spanish slaughterhouses will be monitored by mandatory video surveillance systems.
The Council of Ministers on Tuesday approved a royal decree establishing the measure.
Large slaughterhouses will have one year to implement the rule once an official announcement is published in the state gazette.
A two-year period will apply for small installations.
This means that Spain becomes the first EU country to introduce mandatory video surveillance of slaughterhouses.
The aim is to minimize suffering when unloading, transferring and stunning animals.
Cameras will need to be installed in virtually all areas of the slaughterhouse and recordings kept for access by inspectors.
The Veterinary Collegiate Organization applauded the initiative and said “it will be a very useful tool for veterinarians.”
They pointed out that many livestock facilities already have functioning video networks.
The measure was promoted by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs which stressed that it wanted to create a national standard throughout Spain for animal health and welfare.
The text of the decree recalls that the unloading of animals at the slaughterhouse is a “particularly stressful stage of transport” which requires specific handling to minimize stress and avoid injuries..