East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has warmly welcomed the announcement by the Government that CCTV is to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under plans to safeguard animal welfare.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the proposals would ‘cement the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare’ by giving the Food Standards Agency unrestricted access to footage of all areas containing livestock.

The announcement follows a campaign by Greg, animal welfare groups and others for CCTV to become mandatory in abattoirs.

The Government also said it would raise standards for farm animals by updating statutory animal welfare codes to reflect advancements in medicine and technology and also take into account the latest research and advice from vets.

Sir Greg said: ‘This is good news. Any breaches of animal welfare rules by a slaughterhouse can result in a welfare enforcement notice, the suspending or revoking of a licence or even a criminal investigation. The problem in taking action in the past has always been lack of evidence. Now that obstacle is being addressed.”

“This announcement, although overdue, is most welcome.”