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SNP adopts policy of mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses

CampaignsPosted by SfA Sun, October 16, 2016 12:07:48

SNP adopts policy of mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses


On Thursday 13th October the SNP party conference voted to support mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses as policy.


The motion, co-proposed by Scotland for Animals Patron the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, indicates that the Scottish Government position of opposition to mandatory CCTV is becoming increasingly untenable.


Kay Hamilton, Dowager Duchess of Hamilton "We have had our resolution passed to make CCTV mandatory but we cannot stop there. We must have have it put into legislation"


John Patrick, SfA Co-Convenor "We congratulate all involved in the proposal of this motion and the members who supported it."

"Scotland for Animals has led the campaign for mandatory, independently monitored slaughterhouse CCTV in Scotland in the face of both industry and political resistance. A recent Freedom Of Information request by our charity showed an alarming level of breaches in abattoirs with what appears to be little or no sanction. This is unacceptable."

"The last consultation on slaughter legislation showed overwhelming support for mandatory CCTV from respondents. We call on the Scottish Government to listen to not only their party's membership but also to the people of Scotland and move to enact real protections for animals at the time of killing."


The big top's forgotten victims

NewsPosted by SfA Sat, June 18, 2016 19:24:17

Photographed by a Scotland for Animals member at Zippos, Glasgow Green yesterday. Cats in compartments in a trailer.

The big felines are away but the small ones are taking their place. In a campaigning environment when tough battles are too much hard work some animals are more equal than others.

When you hear the welfare groups and politicians smugly announcing that they've won on circuses remember this picture.

John





SfA statement on the banning of wild animals in circuses

NewsPosted by SfA Sat, June 18, 2016 19:20:04

Statement on the banning of wild animals in circuses

Scotland for Animals welcomes indications from the Scottish Government that it is about to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

The inclusion of wild animals in any legislation should this be enacted is positive, however the number of non-domesticated animals used in circuses in the UK is comparatively minuscule.

While one wild animal in a circus is one too many, the large number of domesticated animals now being used for entertainment in these shows will continue to be exploited. An example of this can be seen in a circus currently touring Scotland with a "family" of performing cats.

Proposals also do not appear to include static circuses, which would create a huge legal loophole. Nor do they appear to include a ban on any circuses operating in Scotland from owning animals, which could potentially lead to animals still being permitted to be transported with these circuses as long as they were not shown in Scottish performances.

When the potential ineffectiveness of this legislation is viewed in correspondence to claims from government that this is a significant leap forward, we fear that this is another case of Ministers taking the path of least resistance for maximum positive PR.

The enthusiasm for this ban contrasts sharply with the indifference and often hostility shown by the same officials to calls for the protection of animals at time of slaughter, harsher penalties for cruelty to 'companion animals', or an end to the use of animals in experiments.

We would appeal to MSPs to consider these problems and tighten any legislation to include all animals. Any moves for legislative change must be part of a broader framework of implementing a comprehensive legal overhaul of our system of animal protection or they will fail.



John Patrick. Co-Convenor

Aiysha Ullah. Co-Convenor



Richard Lochhead resigns

NewsPosted by SfA Wed, May 18, 2016 12:38:54

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, has resigned. He held the ministerial post which includes responsibility for animal welfare since 2007.

Mr Lochhead's reign was a hard one for animals not least as a result of his department's rabid opposition to mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and inaction on unstunned slaughter.

We hope that his successor will disregard questionable, often spurious advice from some Civil Servants and financial interests and give animals protection appropriate for a civilised society.

We understand however that one of the reasons cited for his stepping down is his wife's recent diagnosis with breast cancer. Despite our differences over the years our thoughts are with him and his family and we wish her a speedy recovery.

J

CCTV: Urgent call for action

NewsPosted by SfA Wed, May 18, 2016 12:36:46



The election is over and and we have new faces in parliament. SfA look forward to working with everyone who has an interest in making our country a world leader in animal welfare.


In an interesting development Scottish Green MSPs have found themselves in a position that could potentially hold the balance of power at Holyrood. As the Greens have secured votes by placing themselves as the pro-animal welfare party this is an opportunity for them to step up and push through measures to improve legislation.

It's a chance not only for citizens to hold a party and it's elected members to account but to bring about real change.

If you're resident in Scotland please contact the Greens Co-Convenor and MSP Patrick Harvie and ask for a firm commitment to drastically improve the welfare of the millions of animals killed every year in Scotland's abattoirs.

Contact: Patrick.Harvie.msp@scottish.parliament.uk


Sample text:

Dear Mr Harvie,

I am writing to you in your capacity as Scottish Green Party Co-Convenor. (
if you live in the Greater Glasgow area remove this and insert I am writing to you in your capacity as MSP for Glasgow region)

I note that it is being widely reported that due to the Scottish National Party now operating a minority government that Scottish Green MSPs, including yourself, have been involved in negotiations with Ministers with a view to influencing policy in return for Green support.

The Scottish Green Party has arguably more than any other in Scotland captured votes motivated by it's positions on animal welfare. As your party and it's MSPs appear now to be in a position to implement real change I ask that you please commit to the insistence, as part of any agreement with government, that legislation for the introduction of mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in slaughterhouses be introduced in Scotland.

Rather than a system of voluntary installation and management favoured by some Scottish animal organisations the above is necessary to ensure proper adherence and enforcement. The flaws of self-regulation and optional involvement with regards to CCTV can be seen in recent exposure of appalling cruelty at abattoirs where voluntary CCTV is already in place.

Further evidence that legislation is required can be seen by last weeks reports that abattoirs are refusing to hand over footage to enforcement bodies.

I trust that you will be aware of details surrounding this issue however I have been informed that the charity Scotland for Animals who lead the campaign for abattoir CCTV in Scotland can provide consultation on request.

I look forward to your reply.





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Codes will never take the place of real legislation

John's blogPosted by SfA Sun, March 27, 2016 14:21:44


There appears to be the usual hand-wringing over an announcement that the UK govt. is to abolish animal welfare codes in England.

Let's be clear on this, these codes are just guidance. You can get away with the absolute bare minimum that slaughter and welfare legislation require codes or not.

In fact you can get away with far less than the legal minimum as we've seen on numerous occasions so what use are codes of practice?

As it's obligatory for staff involved in slaughter and animal 'husbandry' to be aware of these codes it's claimed that these can be used as a prosecutorial tool should the law be broken. Again as we see with depressing regularity extreme cruelty hardly even reaches a courtroom.

Support for codes or gentlemen's agreements is at times used as a fudge by groups and individuals who are either too cowardly, too corrupt or usually both to support real changes in law. This position is notably deployed to avoid supporting the introduction of mandatory CCTV in abattoirs.

These will never be a substitute for solid legislation and proper enforcement. Let's throw our weight behind fighting for that instead.

John





Election bulletin 2016

NewsPosted by SfA Sun, March 27, 2016 14:18:53

ELECTION BULLETIN. ANIMALS NEED YOUR HELP NOW.

There's a campaign active at the moment involving some of the more establishment- friendly groups appealing for candidates to sign a pledge to work for improvements for animals if elected.


This alleged vow contains a list of vague, non-specific 'promises'. Ideal for unscrupulous politicians of all stripes to steal your vote while committing to nothing.


Some of the organisations involved have a history of covering the backs of MSPs and Ministers while they throw Scotland's animals onto the fire. It comes as no surprise that they would facilitate a PR stunt for a political class responsible for inadequate legal protections and to whom some in the movement have become too close for comfort.


There are some good, committed names in there too sadly. We're disappointed that they've allowed themselves to have been pulled into this caper.


This will be a big election. We can shape the future for animals in Scotland but this will need more than empty theatrics.

We all deserve better than that, human and non-human.

We know there are decent politicians in our nation and there'll be more on the way in. Let's show them that thousands of SfA supporters, their friends and their families are right behind them.


Please contact candidates in your area and ask them to support Scotland for Animals' 5 points:

1) Mandatory, independently monitored CCTV in slaughterhouses

2) Amendment of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act to allow heavier penalties for cruelty

3) A public inquiry into the efficacy of the use of animals in research

4) Clear labelling of meat from animals not stunned prior to slaughter

5) A ban on the use of all animals in circuses

This would be a good start.

If you would like to help with our 2016 election campaign or want us to send our election leaflet and poster get in touch. Also available to download here:


We'll be here to provide free consultation for any candidates.

Let's lead the way

John Patrick

Co-Convenor

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Beware the new animal champions

John's blogPosted by SfA Sun, July 12, 2015 13:28:24

You may have seen a story in Scottish papers this morning regarding the Scottish Environment Minister Aileen McLeod's alleged ''concern" that the fox hunt 'ban' in Scotland may be being flouted.


Nonsense. You can still technically hunt foxes in Scotland quite legally if you play the game which most hunts do.

I believe the Minister will be well aware of this and the many holes in the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 because if she isn't she shouldn't be in the job.

The same Minister for the Environment who appears to have discovered her moral outrage recently gushed over the Scottish Gamekeepers Association at the Young Gamekeeper of the Year Awards effectively thanking them for writing Scottish Government policy.

The hunting and shooting lobby were praised ".....for all the long term support which you have provided to Scottish Government in various areas of policy, development and implementation and making sure we are implementing best practices of conservation and wildlife and wildlife management.…".


The Scottish Government's apparent repositioning on the ethical high ground is more to do with the vote in England next week where Scottish SNP MPs will be put on the spot of whether to vote against a repeal on the hunting ban there or abstain. It know's there's overwhelming public disapproval of fox hunting and wants to make political capital from this.

After years of inaction on this shambles of a law in Scotland suddenly Ministers here are loudly spinning themselves as the new guardians of animal's rights. Between this and their smoke and mirrors animals in circuses stance you're talking a propaganda exercise worthy of 80's Romania.

If you're an SNP member ask why the hierarchy are cherry-picking issues which are easy to fudge but great for PR while working hard to block attempts to protect animals at slaughter, washing their hands of animals abused and killed in research and a pile of other scandals.

Many SfA supporters are also supporters and members of the Scottish National Party. They tell us that they're disappointed with party officials in government who are paying lip service to animal welfare while allowing the abuse industry to run rampage in our country.

With a grassroots push you could truly position yourselves as a real party for animals human and non-human (this goes for all the parties). It would be a shame if the career men and women at the top are allowed to take that away from you.

Politicians need to learn you can't ride 2 bikes with only one bum. Pick a side.

J









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