Following a series of undercover investigation in recent months exposing incidents of animal mistreatment, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel ordered last month that hundreds of cameras be installed in all locations where livestock is slaughtered. Footage from the cameras will be transmitted to a ministry's veterinary services control room where they'll be monitored for illegal abuses.
"Our inspection of slaughterhouses is rising to the next level," Ariel said in a Ministry release. "We were witnesses to various severe cases at slaughterhouses around Israel. On the one hand, we cannot generalize, but on the other hand we must increase monitoring and enforcement or else these cases will not change."
Ariel calls the installation of cameras "a critical step that will increase control and deterrence," adding, "I have no doubt that the move will protect animals and prevent cases of abuse that should not happen in a Jewish state."