DWYFOR Meirionnydd MP Liz Saville Roberts has criticised a Welsh Government decision not to install cameras in abattoirs to capture welfare breaches.

In November the Plaid Cymru MP called on the UK Government to introduce mandatory CCTV cameras inside all UK-based equine slaughter houses in order to clamp down on breaches to animal welfare regulations.

However, a report by the Safeguarding Animal Welfare at Slaughter Task and Finish Group, which outlines the findings of the group’s investigation into the welfare of animals in slaughterhouses and the potential role of CCTV, concluded there was not a ‘sufficient basis’ for making CCTV in Welsh abattoirs mandatory.

Mrs Saville Roberts said she was ‘disappointed’ with the decision by the Welsh Government and hopes all governments will work towards providing a system that ensures high standards of welfare inside slaughterhouses.

She said: “I’m disappointed with the findings of this report, which suggests there is no sufficient basis for making CCTV mandatory in Welsh slaughter houses."

"I will continue to campaign on this issue.”

Read the full story in this Thursday’s north editions of the Cambrian News