End non-stun slaughter for farm animals
The UK law requires animals to be stunned before slaughter, rendering them unconscious, so they don't feel pain or experience suffering and distress during the slaughter process. However, there is an exemption from this requirement that permits non-stun slaughter for religious purposes.
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Number of animals slaughtered without pre-stunning
Why the law doesn't currently apply to all animals for slaughter
- Around 65% of animals slaughtered in the UK for Halal are stunned first.
- All animals slaughtered under the Shechita (for Kosher) are non-stunned
Learn more about pre-stunning and religious slaughter.
All animals should be pre-stunned first
Improvements needed while pre-stunning remains legal
- Adopt a non-stun permit system to track the number of animals slaughtered without prior stunning to ensure it does not exceed the relevant demand of the UK’s religious communities.
- A ban on the export of meat from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter.
- Clear labelling of meat and meat-products from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter.
- Improve public procurement - public service should only obtain meat from animals stunned before slaughter. Exceptions only made at the specific request of a religious community in the UK.
- Continue positive discussions with religious certification bodies to reduce the number of animals slaughtered without pre-stunning and promote the stunning of all animals.
- Improve the slaughter process to limit the period of consciousness after neck cutting e.g. immediate post-cut stunning.
- Robust and regular governmental reporting on the number of animals that have not been stunned prior to slaughter, and the amount of non-stun meat that has been exported.