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What are we doing?

We believe that the slaughter practices and the law must be improved and properly monitored/enforced to ensure that all farmed animals have a more humane end to their lives. We’re working in a number of different ways to try to achieve this.

Engaging with decision makers

RSPCA Farm Animal Department staff can visit abattoirs, view the practices, and give advice on how animal welfare improvements could be made. Our specialist farm animals department staff also engage with governments (both UK and EU), food retailers, the slaughter and farming industries to encourage changes for the better.

Developing RSPCA welfare standards for farm animals

We are able to improve the lives of millions of farm animals each year using our RSPCA welfare standards for farm animals. These have been developed for nine of the major farmed animals in the UK and include hundreds of requirements to ensure higher standards of welfare for all animals reared accordingly. Each document includes sections of requirements, informed by scientific evidence and practical experience, to ensure humane handling and slaughter/killing.

Slaughter without pre-stunning (religious slaughter)

Please see our slaughter without pre-stunning (religious slaughter) page for details on what we are doing regarding the issue of the slaughter of animals without pre-stunning.


Find out how you can help improve the welfare of farm animals at the time of slaughter/killing.

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