On the evening of Thursday, January 12, the French National Assembly voted in favor of placing cameras in all areas of slaughterhouses where animals dwell, are moved or stunned or slaughtered. There will be a test period before the measure is fully implemented in January 2018.
Thanks in great part to the courageous work of investigators from animal rights organization L214 and the videos they leaked to the press, showing the reality of these death camps, a commission of inquiry into slaughterhouse practices was created a few months ago. This bill is the direct result of L214’s work and it reflects the will of the French people. However, the measure has been watered down (for instance, videos captured on the premises will be reviewed internally, not by an outside independent body, and members of parliament won’t be authorized to make unannounced visits, as was originally requested)—still, it is a step in the right direction.