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France urged to put CCTV in abattoirs after shock videos

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France urged to put CCTV in abattoirs after shock videos
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09:17 CEST+02:00
France should install cameras in abattoirs to prevent the kind of animal cruelty that has emerged in shocking recent videos, a new parliamentary report has urged.
The report was commissioned by the France's National Assembly in March and published on Tuesday, according to Le Monde newspaper which has already seen the report. 
 
The 225-page report suggests 65 measures to improve the "transparency and the inadequate controls" at the slaughterhouses.
 
One of these measures was to introduce video cameras at abattoirs, with MPs quick to point out that it the cameras would need to be installed in order to monitor animal welfare and not workers in general.
 
Anther measure was to ensure more qualified veterinarians were on the grounds, especially when it came to the act of stunning and killing of the animals. 
 
The government called for the report after the emergence of several videos depicting animal cruelty in French abattoirs. 
 
Filmed by animal rights group L214, the videos included images of workers repeatedly bashing sheep over the head, throwing a lamb at a wall, and decapitating a cow that is struggling. 
 
One shocking video from February this year was even filmed at a so-called "animal-friendly" slaughterhouse in France.
 
An L214 spokesperson told The Local at the time that while camera surveillance was one of the best means to fix the problem, another was for consumers to simply eat less meat.  
 
Watch one of the videos below. Viewer discretion is strongly advised. 
 
 
 
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