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Farm animal slaughter

We are dedicated to improving the welfare of farmed animals at every stage of their lives from how they're treated during their time on a farm, to how they are transported, handled and humanely slaughtered.

On this page, we explain the processes used to slaughter farm animals in the UK.

close-up of sheep chewing gate © RSPCA

Animals can be vulnerable at the time of slaughter. It's vital that they're treated properly and killed humanely. This includes being stunned correctly so that they remain unconscious and can't feel pain before being slaughtered.

There are concerns about slaughter without pre-stunning, which is carried out for religious purposes.

CCTV in slaughterhouses

Installing CCTV in abattoirs is a requirement of our own welfare standards for farm animals. From May 2018, CCTV is required in every slaughterhouse in England in all areas where live animals are present.

We work in a number of different ways to improve the lives of farmed animals. You can find out more about this work on our farm animal welfare page.

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