ANOTHER animal welfare scandal is in the news after footage of turkeys being treated cruelly at a New South Wales abattoir surfaced on the ABC.
A bill has also been introduced into the NSW parliament by Greens MP Cate Faehrmann to make CCTV compulsory in abattoirs.
The Morning Bulletin spoke with Teys Brothers and industry animal welfare spokesman Tom Maguire, who said Teys had been using CCTV for over a year.
"We utilise CCTV as part of quality assurance," he said.
"It's used in certain parts of the meatworks but it's used for that purpose - we have CCTV at the start when the animals are alive."
He said CCTV will not solve animal welfare problems on its own.
"It's a good addition but what has to happen, what absolutely has to happen is good procedures and secondly well-trained people in the right spots," he said.
"If you don't have those two things there's no point installing CCTV."
Mr Maguire said consumers concerned about animal welfare should choose suppliers carefully.
"These matters are becoming more and more important to consumers - the sustainability and welfare (of produce)," he said.
"It's like everything, make sure you deal with someone that you trust - look for a supplier you trust."
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