Cruelty Watch welcomes moves to introduce CCTV to all Scottish abattoirs

Scottish Government have launched a consultation on compulsory CCTV in abattoirs. The consultation opened yesterday (28 March 2018) and will run until 20 June 2018, collecting views from stakeholders to refine Government policy.

Cruelty Watch supports the proposals to introduce CCTV in abattoirs covering all areas where live animals are kept, as well as full and unrestricted 24/7 access to CCTV footage for Official Veterinarians. Similar legislation will come into effect in May 2018 across England.

Cruelty Watch particularly welcomes this move to introduce CCTV following an investigative report in 2017 that highlighted that thousands of farm animals have suffered in more than 700 serious breaches of welfare rules in Scotland in less than two years.

Cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens have been found injured, ­emaciated, diseased or dead on arrival at abattoirs.

Numerous animals were slaughtered while heavily ­pregnant or had to be repeatedly stunned before they were killed.

There was “cannibalism” among chickens, “unnecessary pain” endured by cattle and “massive bruising” on sheep, according to inspection reports by government watchdog Food Standards Scotland (FSS) obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. In other cases there were “signs of suffering”, “evident stress” and “extensive maggot infestation”.

One slaughterhouse worker was said to have been “intimidating and vicious” with a sheep. A driver was seen kicking a pig and another dragging a pig by its tail.

A spokesperson for Cruelty Watch said: “Many abattoirs in Scotland already have CCTV, although there are no rules governing how the footage is used or kept. We would also want to see unrestricted access to CCTV footage for Official Veterinarians (OVs).

This consultation is vital to ensuring that animal welfare laws are upheld and enforced. It would allow Official Veterinarians to independently assess and report breaches of animal welfare. In due course, Cruelty Watch will submit a response to the Scottish Government. We look forward to seeing the outcome of the consultation later this year.”

*The investigative report can be found here.

We are looking for Collection Box Coordinators in Wales!

Cruelty Watch is looking for volunteers with knowledge of their local area to join our fundraising family in Wales.

As a Collection Box Coordinator you will help us raise awareness and funds for the organisation by placing and managing collection boxes within businesses (such as local shops, pubs, veterinary clinics, doctor surgeries, etc)  to ensure that Cruelty Watch is featured prominently in the volunteers local community.

What does the role involve?

  • Talking to the shop owner, receptionist, etc. at the location about Cruelty Watch and asking them to consider hosting a collection box.
  • Emptying the collection boxes once every six weeks (or as they get full) and banking the income. Providing a receipt and a letter of thanks to the hosts.
  • Keeping a written record of the location of all boxes in Excel and maintaining the record with dates they are emptied and amount/date banked.
  • Presenting certificates to collection box holders for amounts raised. These are potential media opportunities.
  • Encouraging box holders to promote events and appeals by displaying posters, etc.

How much time do I need to give?

This fun and flexible role can be carried out at times that suit you. We would recommend that you donate an average of 3-4 hours of your time per month to build up and maintain your collection box network. We are looking for volunteers who can maintain about 30 collection boxes within your local community.

This role is a perfect opportunity to build your CV with fundraising experience. In addition, we will refund any out-of-pocket expenses that have been agreed in advance with us.


Test purchase volunteers sought

Cruelty Watch are looking for volunteers to assist them in their test purchasing operations in South and West Wales. As the volunteer you would assist Cruelty Watch in conducting checks on puppy traders and dealers as you attempt to buy puppies.

You will be fully trained in what to say and do. You will not be identified in any publicity. All petrol and refreshment expenses will be reimbursed.

Anyone who volunteers will be shown how to operate covert surveillance equipment. They can either work alone or with a friend.

If you are interested in a career in animal welfare or law enforcement, then this would help in giving you some experience.

If you think you may be interested in volunteering, please complete the form below.

Cruelty Watch Files Complaint Against Suspected Unlicensed Puppy Farm In Llanelli

An animal welfare organisation, Cruelty Watch, has filed a complaint against a suspected unlicensed puppy farm in Llanelli, Wales.

Cruelty Watch has urged Carmenthenshire County Council to investigate the unlicensed puppy farm, located off Erwlas in Llanelli, as a matter of urgency after their investigation officers visited the premises on two separate occasions.

On both occasions, Cruelty Watch alleges that the investigators found evidence of an unlicensed premises and neglect of the dogs. In the complaint to the authorities, animal welfare investigators state that “the kennel area looked heavily soiled with feces and appeared unkept” and “the bowls were empty with no food or water available”. Investigators also alleged that lurcher-type dog was tethered to an outside kennel. Investigators say that “this dog was extremely scared of us and appeared hand-shy, giving an indication that this dog may have been physically assaulted in the past.”

A spokesperson for Cruelty Watch said: “This is a disturbing case of neglect and there is no excuse for it. Not to mention, we believe that the property is operating as an unlicensed pet shop or puppy farm. It is an organised criminal enterprise.”

“In our complaint to Carmarthenshire County Council, we have said that we would be willing to find rescue placements for all the animals on the premises should the authority deem it necessary to seize them.”

Cruelty Watch has said that its investigators will continue to visit similar properties in the Llanelli area and identify any potential offences that can be reported to the local authority for investigation and potential prosecution.

Cruelty Watch and Dean Farm Trust Rescue 19 Chickens from A40 Lorry Crash

Cruelty Watch and Dean Farm Trust rescued 19 chickens from the A40 lorry crash near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Scores of chickens were killed and injured when a lorry crashed into a river in Carmarthenshire in the early hours of the 25th April 2017. Early reports suggested up to 12,000 chickens were on board.

After hearing about the shocking aftermath, Cruelty Watch assisted by staff from Dean Farm Trust deployed an emergency rescue team to the scene to search the area for any remaining live animals that needed rescuing or veterinary attention.

“Cruelty Watch deployed an emergency rescue team to search the area surrounding the crash for any remaining live animals”, said a spokesperson for Cruelty Watch.

“After hours of extensive searching, we found 19 chickens at the scene. We worked with our sanctuary partners Dean Farm Trust to secure a rescue space. Dean Farm will continue to provide daily care and veterinary attention to allow them to live healthy lives.”

The Trust is appealing for donations to support their work in caring for the chickens.