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Welfare at slaughter
Prestun shocks and mis-stuns during conventional slaughter
  1. Robin Hargreaves
  1. BVA President, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ
  1. e-mail: bvahq{at}

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The BVA President, Robin Hargreaves, comments: For too long the non-stun lobby has defended the practice by arguing that mis-stunning in conventional slaughter is a widespread welfare problem and citing outdated Europe-wide figures to suggest that mis-stunning occurs in up to 31 per cent of cases.

As we have stated clearly, mis-stunning is a welfare problem and one that we take seriously, but we know from our members working in public health that these figures paint a false picture and so we sought to find more accurate official statistics direct …

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