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Quarter of UK’s non-stun sheep meat is exported

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By Josh Loeb

The BVA is urging the UK government to stop all exports of meat from animals killed by non-stun slaughter.

The association issued the demand after a Food Standards Agency (FSA) report showed that nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of sheep meat produced in this way in England and Wales is being exported to other EU countries each year.

This means that meat from at least 720,000 sheep killed in the UK by non-stun methods is sent abroad. Some such meat even goes to countries such as Belgium and Germany, which have either banned or very tightly restricted non-stun slaughter in their own jurisdictions.

The data will embarrass the UK government, which has previously said it would prefer all animals to be …

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