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Ban religious slaughter in the European Union

August 19, 2012

The ritual slaughter of animals decreed by Jewish and Muslim dietary laws require that the animals are conscious when they have their throats slit. In the European secular food industry, regulations strive to minimise "the risk of causing pain, fear or distress to the animals" in their being slaughtered for food. Crucially, these rules require the stunning of animals before being killed, either with a bolt to the brain, or with electricity. However, the law kowtows before the Jewish kashrut and Islamic halal guidelines in permitting avoidance of stunning.

In 2009, New Zealand veterinarian scientist Craig Johnson was given an award from the Humane Slaughter Association, for his body of work that demonstrates that animals suffer more without stunning. In one crucial experiment, Johnson et al administered mild anaesthetics to calves so that they could not feel the pain of the incision, but the pain response was still measurable. It remained present in the animals without stunning, but was immediately erased by stunning....


Source: Ban religious slaughter in the European Union
Author: Petition by Occupy for Animals Luxembourg

Link: More information concerning this petition

Date: 2012-11-27

Other EVANA-articles about this topic:
Ritual slaughter of farm animals 'unconstitutional' in Poland, court rules (en)

EC to research stunning information on meat labels (en)

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