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DEFRA has responded to an e-petition launched by the BVA calling for all animals to be stunned before slaughter. Its response has been posted on the e-petition at www.bit.ly/stunB4slaughter
The petition also calls for clearer labelling of meat to indicate whether the animal was stunned in line with European legislation, or not stunned under a derogation allowing animals to be slaughtered without stunning for certain religious communities. It was launched at the end of April with the support of the RSPCA and achieved 50,000 signatories within two weeks (VR, May 17, 2014, vol 174, …
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