Surveillance in slaughterhouses doesn’t help animals, it helps industry
Since use is abuse, it’s impossible for surveillance cameras to stop animal abuse in slaughterhouses.
Munchies ran a piece on video surveillance and it’s efficacy in preventing animal abuse caused by workers on the killing room floors of slaughterhouses. Following the release of footage in a sheep abattoir in France, and the subsequent parliament reform on industry monitoring, Munchies dives into whether or not Americans should jump on board with the same big brother efforts. In essence, a bunch of liberal non-vegans discuss how to make sure other people kill animals in a way where they don’t have to see the leaked footage of them being kicked or burned by cigarettes before being processed for use. Oh, and the animal rights organizations are right there to support then.
The old adage begs that slaughterhouses made of glass would make more people stop eating meat. But the proposition to add cameras isn’t about showing consumers what they already know goes on behind closed doors, it’s just a way to look over the shoulders of employees so that failing to follow regulations can be caught before it reaches the public. All these cameras would do is give the public a false sense of security that once again, they’re choosing the fictional humane slaughter that’s being sold to them. Wake up people, it’s another diversion in an effort to hide corners of the industry from the paying public in fear they’ll change their minds about animal products.
Think about it – these cameras are installed at key junctures in the slaughterhouse, and then reviewed by independent groups. The footage collected is monitored but would most commonly serve as retroactive evidence of abuse. It would mean the public would be another step further removed from those awful undercover footage videos, and unknown inspectors would be given the opportunity to determine what’s too far or too abusive (regulation already says horrific things are fair, after all). Animals would still make their way through these hell holes to their deaths, and everyone could feel better knowing no one can harm them on their way without being caught on candid camera. It doesn’t remedy any problems, it just records them.
We know what happens, we’ve seen it before, and recording what leads up to the slaughter of an animal doesn’t address the fact that they should never enter the slaughterhouses to begin with. When we focus on the treatment of animals and not the use, we don’t make it clear that all use is abuse. If you don’t want to see an animal abused, you shouldn’t want to see an animal killed. Caring about the lives of animals requires you to go vegan.