Slaughtering Animals Without Prior Stunning Should Be Curbed, If Not Banned, Professor Urges

ScienceDaily — The slaughter of animals for commercial meat supply without stunning them first should at the very least be curbed, if not banned, concludes a former president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) in an opinion piece in this week’s Veterinary Record. There has been a steady rise in the number of animals killed in this way over the past decade, the available data suggest. UK and EU legislation allow for the slitting of animals’ throats without prior stunning to enable Muslims and Jews to meet the dietary requirements of their faiths, but with the caveat that it must not cause “unnecessary suffering.” But it does, says Professor Bill Reilly, pointing to the findings of both the former Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) and the EU funded Dialrel Project, which encouraged dialogue among 11 countries on issues of religious slaughter. Read Article