The Councilor for Consumption of the Cieza City Council points out that "despite the existing legislation on animal welfare, bad practices and non-compliance are still being detected in some slaughterhouses."The Ministry of Consumption will force the installation of video surveillance cameras in all animal slaughter facilities.
The department headed by Alberto Garzón, through the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN), released a draft royal decree to regulate it last week for public consultation.In statements to the press, the Councilor for Consumption of the Cieza City Council, Francisco Saorín, has indicated that the objective of the draft royal decree is to comply with existing regulations.
At European level, it is regulation 1099/2009 that controls the welfare of animals at the time of slaughter; At the national level, the provisions are in RD 37/2014.
This obliges companies to "appoint an animal welfare officer" who is responsible for good practices at the time of slaughter.
Among them, the "stunning systems", which consist of rendering the animal unconscious so that it does not suffer when it dies."Despite the existing legislation on animal welfare, bad practices and breaches are still being detected in some slaughterhouses," says the councilor, therefore, "to ensure compliance with the aforementioned regulations, the installation of video surveillance cameras of slaughterhouses will constitute a mandatory tool for operators, who will incorporate the viewing of the recordings into the controls they already carry out, "according to the draft decree-law.Saorín believes that consumers demand "more information about food products" and that this includes "the conditions of the animals." With the new regulations, it is intended to increase transparency in the sector, so the text will have to resolve questions about the privacy of slaughterhouse workers, the storage of recorded material and the procedure for reporting to the authority.Finally, Saorín recalled that the NGO Equalia has so far promoted non-law proposals that force the installation of cameras in thirteen autonomous communities and has collaborated with companies that have adhered to his proposal.
It is, along with FACUA, one of the organizations that supports the Ministry's measure.
The deadline for submitting opinions is October 23 and the email address to which they should be addressed is: Riesbiologicos@mscbs.es.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Cieza