Pressure Grows to Ban Non-stun Slaughter
The BVA and RSPCA have called on the Government to repeal a legal exemption currently permitting sentient animals to be slaughtered without pre-stunning for religious purposes.
In a joint letter to environment secretary Michael Gove, they said: “Scientific evidence clearly indicates slaughter without pre-stunning can cause unnecessary suffering. The level of restraint required to hold an animal still, expose the throat and perform an effective neck cut is typically greater than that needed for stunned slaughter. When the neck cut is performed, it triggers a barrage of sensory information to the brain in the conscious animal.
“Stunning before slaughter ensures animals are unconscious and, therefore, do not feel pain or suffer unnecessarily at the time of killing.
“We, therefore, call on the UK Government to retract the derogation that permits the unnecessary suffering of animals at the time of killing, from the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing Regulations for England and, in turn, require all animals to be effectively stunned prior to slaughter.”
Read the Vet Times article here.