New legislation requiring all abattoirs in England to have CCTV comes into force today, the 7th of May.
The new law, which was a manifesto promise for the Conservative Party, applies to all abattoirs where live animals will be present.
Licensed vets will have unresricted access to the footage as part of an efort to ensure consumer regulations and welfare standards are upheld.
There will now be a six-month adjustment period to enable businesses to install a CCTV system. By the 5th of November 2018, all abattoirs must comply in full.
The law is part of a push for improved animal welfare in the UK.
Other laws, including increasing animal cruelty prison sentences to 6 years, ending third party sales of puppies and banning back street puppy breeders, have recently been brought in as part of the efforts.
Lord Gardiner, the British Animal Welfare Minister, said:
Today we welcome the new law which requires mandatory CCTV in all abattoirs in England. We are a nation that cares about animals and these strong measures will ensure all animals are treated with the utmost respect at all stages of life allows us to continue to lead the way to raise the bar in high welfare standards.