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Stunned before slaughter? Consumers should know

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‘To stun or not to stun: why shouldn't the consumer know and choose?’ was the title of a paper given by BVA Past-President Bill Reilly, at the recent BVA AWF Discussion Forum. The BVA has long advocated that animals should be effectively stunned before slaughter. Professor Reilly's presentation was timely given the current debate at European level.

IN the UK and Europe all animals must be stunned before slaughter, but a derogation allows non-stunning of animals for Jewish and Muslim consumption. In reality, much of the meat from Shechita and Halal slaughter is placed on the open market. In the UK many Halal slaughtered animals are pre-stunned.

In Europe, …

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