The Netherlands

Camera surveillance system put in Vion's slaughterhouses

Animal welfare

De Dierenbescherming, Deloitte, Eyes On Animals and Vion have teamed up to jointly develop and implement an innovative and effective camera surveillance system.

Posted on Feb 03 ,11:36

Camera surveillance system put in Vion's slaughterhouses

Over the last years, major slaughterhouses in The Netherlands have implemented camera monitoring systems. Every day, hundreds of hours of video footage are generated. Although current camera systems can help identify animal handling issues, there are significant limitations. In practice, slaughterhouses review a random selection of the many hours of video footage. As a result most video footage, and therefore potential welfare issues, remains unseen.
To address this shortcoming, De Dierenbescherming, Deloitte, Eyes On Animals and Vion have teamed up to jointly develop and implement an innovative and effective camera surveillance system. The newly developed video software uses artificial intelligence to monitor how animals are being handled. It detects movement of persons, animals and objects and how they interact. Video fragments that potentially contain deviations from Vion’s animal handling protocol are automatically selected by the system’s algorithm. These video fragments are presented through a dashboard to be reviewed. This enables Vion’s Animal Welfare Officers to assess the video fragments and take corrective actions to continuously improve animal welfare. After the initial implementations, Vion is now rolling out this camera system across all its slaughterhouses in The Netherlands and Germany.

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