Slaughter

Farmed Pekin Duck © Andrew Forsyth/RSPCA Photolibrary

We're concerned just as much about how farm animals are transported, handled and slaughtered/killed as we are about how they are treated during their time on the farm.

Animals can be particularly vulnerable at the time of killing. It is vital that animals are treated considerately at this time and killed humanely, which includes being stunned effectively so that they remain unconscious and cannot feel pain, before being slaughtered.

All farm animals deserve a humane end to their lives, and we’re working in a number of different ways to try to ensure this.

If you're concerned about the welfare of animals at the time of slaughter then find out how you can help.

CCTV in slaughterhouses

We welcome the Government announcement that CCTV will be required in every slaughterhouse in England in all areas where live animals are present, from May 2018.

Mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses should help to better safeguard the welfare of animals at the time of slaughter, and is something that we've campaigned for for a number of years. The installation of CCTV in abattoirs is also a requirement within our own welfare standards for farm animals.

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