In the latest move to raise the UK animal welfare standards, legislation requiring CCTV in all abattoirs in England came into force on May 4 2018.

This follows a consultation by the Secretary of State last August on plans to deliver the government’s manifesto commitment for cameras in every abattoir in England in all areas where live animals are present.

Other recent reforms to improve animal welfare include:

- proposals to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty tenfold to five years

- launching a call for evidence on the live export of animals

- banning back street puppy breeders

- ending the third party sales of puppies

- publishing updated animal welfare codes

Official Veterinarians will have unrestricted access to footage to reassure consumers that high welfare standards are being effectively enforced.

All slaughterhouses will be required to comply in full by November 5 2018, following an adjustment period of six months to enable businesses to install a suitable CCTV system.

Animal Welfare Minister Lord Gardiner said: "The government shares the public’s high regard for animal welfare and we are proud to have some of the highest standards in the world. Today we welcome the new law which requires mandatory CCTV in all abattoirs in England.

"We are a nation that cares about animals and these strong measures will ensure all animals are treated with the utmost respect at all stages of life allows us to continue to lead the way to raise the bar in high welfare standards."