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UK MPs outline recommendations on religious slaughter
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MPs outline recommendations on religious slaughter   

29 August 2014 | By Olivia Midgley

MPS have made nine recommendations which they believe will help policy makers take more informed decisions on the rules surrounding around religious slaughter. It comes after an All-Party

Parliamentary Group (APPG) on beef and lamb report looked into the animal welfare concerns around halal and kosher meat.

The recommendations call for more research such as on the measurement of pain in animals at the time of slaughter and in demonstrating the recoverability of certain stunning methods to reassure religious communities that they are compatible with their religious requirements.

European law currently requires that all animals are stunned prior to slaughter.

However, there is a derogation which permits member states to practise non-stunning in the cases of slaughter in observance with religious beliefs.

In addition, the European Commission is currently conducting research into the desirability of labelling for consumers and what the consequences of labelling might be - the results of which are expected by the end of the year.

Chairman of the APPG Neil Parish MP said: “When the group decided to conduct an inquiry into the welfare of animals slaughtered in accordance with religious rites I knew we were entering into an area of public discourse that has been highly polarised, often poorly understood and discussions in the media have often produced more heat than light. I hope our offering provides more of the latter.

“There are no easy solutions to what is legally, scientifically and culturally a very complicated set of circumstances but given the legitimate concerns of the public, animal welfare organisations and religious communities it is a debate worth having in a calm and transparent way.”The nine recommendations:1. Research to be reviewed and new research to be undertaken where necessary to determine the effect of stunning on the residual blood content left in meat in comparison to that produced from slaughter without stunning.

2. The demonstration of recoverability abattoirs as a means to reassure customers the animal is not killed by stunning and therefore is Halal compliant.

3. That the use of electro-immobilisation, a practice that is not currently permitted in the UK, be re-examined to determine scientifically if it is required in order to take into account the associated dangers to operator safety in relation to carcass kicking.

4. More research into the Shechita method of slaughter and the likelihood and duration of pain felt when the cut is made.

5. To help inform the debate on mis-stunning and mis-slaughtering the Group believes that statistics on the incidence of mis-slaughtering is made available.

6. That labelling should be carried out on a stun versus non-stun basis, and that an impact assessment on the burden to the industry should be undertaken in relation to mandatory labelling.

7. Greater research is needed into the measurement of pain in animals at the time of slaughter and in demonstrating the recoverability of certain stunning methods to reassure religious communities that they are compatible with their religion.

8. Labelling should help consumers make informed decisions when buying meat should be carried out on a stun versus non-stun basis, and that an impact assessment on the burden to the industry should be undertaken in relation to mandatory labelling.

9. That a consumer attitudes survey towards meat labelling to see if the public would like to see meat labelled in accordance with stunning or non-stunning, and additional information such as the type of stun that was used and if any religious requirements were needed to be met in producing the meat.


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