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Welfare at slaughter
New slaughter legislation could compromise poultry welfare, warns BVA

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THE BVA has written to Defra to outline its concern about a decision not to include stunning parameters for poultry killed ‘in accordance with religious rites’ in new slaughter regulations in England.

The Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (WATOK) Regulations came into force in England on November 5. They enforce the requirements of a European Regulation (1099/2009) on the protection of animals at the time of killing. The BVA has broadly welcomed the new legislation, which contains provisions to improve welfare at slaughter, such as the requirement for large slaughterhouses to have an Animal …

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