In July 2021 mandatory CCTV came into force for all Scottish slaughterhouses.

While slaughter could never be cruelty-free, it was believed the plans could make a huge difference in protecting animals from illegal violence which animal activists investigations had revealed. It was also believed the presence of CCTV cameras could have a deterrent effect and the footage could be used as evidence in prosecutions.

OneKind campaign for CCTV in slaughterhouses graphic

OneKind campaigned for animals in slaughterhouses for many years. SSPV second president (1918 to 1951), Nina Douglas-Hamilton, visited slaughterhouses to see the methods used. She protested at cattle markets and also held long talks and conference with those in the meat trade.