Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed that CCTV will be mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England early 2018 and will come into force next spring. Official vets, working for the Food Standards Agency, will have unrestricted access to the last 90 days of footage. (Read more here).
This news comes a year after the French parliament voted to install mandatory video surveillance in slaughterhouses from 1 January 2018.
Read the full ‘Mandatory Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) recording in slaughterhouses: Summary of responses and Government response’
During 2017 information gathered on health and welfare of farmed domestic rabbits will be published in 2018 in an overview report in 2018. The report aims at understanding the rabbit production sector, identify good practices relating to the health, welfare and housing of rabbits reared for meat production. Further information is available here.
On March 14th MEPs will vote on the Report on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits 2016/2077(INI). The Report calls on the European Commission to consider the need for higher welfare systems for rabbits and present legislative proposals on setting minimum standards (more background information: click here)
An Initiative Report on the welfare of rabbits was done by MEP Stefan Eck and lead to a Motion for a Resolution done by the AGRI Committee.
Please read the Resolution and the Report here http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A8-2017-0011&format=XML&language=EN