Easington MP Grahame Morris has given his backing to efforts to fit independently-monitored CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses.
The Labour member is among 11 North East MPs and more than 100 across the country who have tabled an early day motion.
They back Animal Aid’s campaign after its hidden cameras recorded nine out of 10 slaughterhouses were breaking animal welfare laws.
Mr Morris said: “I abhor cruelty to animals and support the plans for the requirement of CCTV and the early day motion.
“There have been some exposes about the horrible treatment of animals and there would be a deterrent if there was CCTV.”
Alex Cunningham, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and MP for Stockton North, also supports the proposals.
He said: “Scope for further action to protect animal welfare exists and this is one issue that Labour’s shadow Defra team will be considering in the coming months.”