A charter negotiated between the Walloon government and the Febev, the Belgian Federation of Meat, is being finalized according to the Minister Carlo Di Antonio (cdH). It should be signed before the end of the year, with the intent to become law.
The flagship measure of the charter is the commitment of the slaughterhouses that are affiliated to the Febev (which represents nearly 90% of the companies concerned), to place cameras in their premises. The behavior of the employees towards the animals and the reactions of the animals, from the unloading to the bleeding and the stunning will be filmed. The images stored in the premises for fourteen days, can be consulted on site and at any time by the inspection authorities.
The charter also provides for slaughter companies to put in place an indicator of their performance with respect to animal welfare, as well as regular training on animal behavior for certain employees.
Source: rtbf info