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Survey provides snapshot of welfare at slaughter

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THE results of a survey of animal welfare at slaughter conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have suggested that the number of animals slaughtered without stunning in Great Britain is ‘relatively low’.

The findings from the survey were discussed by the FSA's board at a meeting on May 22. The assessments of animal welfare were carried out by Official Veterinarians (OVs) at 328 approved establishments in Great Britain – 253 red meat slaughterhouses and 75 poultry slaughterhouses – between September 19 and 25 last year. The OVs were asked to make an assessment of how each establishment complied with the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter and Killing) Regulations 1995 (WASK). While OVs undertake this type of …

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