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Animal welfare
Welfare of chickens at slaughter
  1. John Fishwick1 and
  2. Lewis Grant2
  1. 1President, BVA, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ
  2. 2President, VPHA, Century House, 1275 Century Way, Thorpe Park, West Yorkshire LS15 8ZB
  1. E-mail for correspondence: bvahq{at}

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John Fishwick, BVA President and Lewis Grant, Veterinary Public Health Association President, respond: BVA believes that all animals should be effectively stunned before slaughter on animal welfare grounds, rendering the bird or animal unconscious and insensible to pain.

However, in England, WATOK Regulations do not include any parameters for effective stunning of poultry killed ‘in accordance with religious rites’. The omission …

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