Government minister rejects use of CCTV in fish slaughterhouses
The government minister rejected the inclusion of fish in regulations that would make the use of CCTV mandatory in slaughterhouses, as he said the footage “would not be viewed”. Defra Minister Jo Church said that because fish slaughterhouses do not have official veterinarians and are not subject to routine animal welfare inspections, CCTV footage would be ignored.
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According to the Humane League UK farmed fish processing premises are not regarded as slaughterhouses under the law and therefore are exempt from the Mandatory Use of Closed Circuit Television Regulations 2018 in slaughterhouses (England).
Amro Hussain, senior public affairs officer at the Humane League UK, said: “Fish are animals that can feel pain and fear, and whose welfare deserves our attention. Instead, they are routinely forgotten, given worse protections than other animals, especially at slaughter. The Minister confirmed what many animal welfare workers have long known – that the welfare of millions of fish is brazenly neglected by institutions too insensitive or idle to care.
In 2021, the Humane League UK launched The Forgotten Fish Campaign, which involves lobbying the government to update the law to mandate stunning before slaughter of farmed fish. Stunning before slaughter is standard for most farms in Britain, but the legal change would allow for public transparency and inspections of slaughterhouses.
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The government’s Animal Welfare Committee will update its advice this year on the welfare of farmed fish at the time of killing. However, its two previous opinions in 1996 and 2014 said the law SHOULD be updated to make stunning at slaughter mandatory.
Since July 2017, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists 455 critically endangered fish species, including 87 that are labeled as possibly extinct. The fewer fish in the ocean, the less food large marine animals have to survive, leading to an imbalance in marine food webs.
The industry wants us to believe that to solve overfishing, we have to fish more. However, this is incredibly unsustainable. Large predators are disappearing, bottom trawling tears up the oceanand fishing vessels wage war on the oceans. GMO fish are not the answer to overfishing. If we want to save marine life, food choices will have the most impact.
According Count animals, “A person who chooses to follow a vegetarian diet can save more than 225 fish and 151 shellfish per year. If only half of the US population (about 150,000,000 people) eliminated seafood from their diet, that would mean about 33,750,000,000 fish would remain in the ocean every year.
Anything that people believe they get from fish can be nutritious from other sources. Check How to Ditch Fish Oil for Plant Sources and Why flaxseed oil is healthier than fish oil. Fish have often been exposed to many toxic chemicals like Mercury that the consumer then eats when he eats the fish. Fish are also sensitive creatures and can feel pain. There is no reason for us to continue eating these animals.
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