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Views Sought on Protecting Animal Welfare at Slaughter - 02/10/2012

Defra and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are consulting on implementation of EU regulations on protection of animals at the time of killing
(see below for details).

These are the views of the various authorities on the conditions in which slaughter is committed on sentient animals. They apply to conditions in Europe at least and to that extent they perhaps regularise the best in the system and lead to much improved killing of animals for eating that we vegetarians have striven for since the 1930s when so called ‘humane slaughter’ was devised.

Slaughter is still not humane and it’s a sad omission of the fatuous meanings of the words ‘humane slaughter’ which diminishes the respect that we as a species, and particularly those that pride themselves as being protectors of animal rights, have for other animals.

So please do write your views to the applicable authorities as instructed, increasing the pressure on the relevant administrations.

See previous comments on the subject of religious slaughter, ‘C*wardice’: http://www.vegaresearch.org/news_item.php?NewsID=2663

Future slaughterings on private land will go unattended presumably. Killing on this land will not be strictly regulated, as at events such as St Martinmass and Christmas goings on at which Christians and Pagans and others will express their rights to kill animals as they want. In the countryside we have whole flocks of sheep that rustlers get hold of – they are slaughtered before they can be identified or exported.

The disposal of egg-laying hens now costs almost as much as the value of the bird. Therefore we have a tendency to kill animals after long distance travel and stress. A unit of a transporter may contain 5000end-of-lay hens and it has only to be involved in an accident to cause a carnage of lots of birds ‘al fresco’, so to speak, and unattended.

The cost of transporting the animals and any attempts of decent methods of killing is hardly worth the value of the birds and they could as well be turned into biomass of comparable value and therefore slaughtered by unsupervised methods.

How much do we know about the slaughter of geese, ducks, turkeys and other poultry and whether they feel pain – it never seems that dislocating (pulling) the neck causes instantaneous death any more than slow death through freezing or the boiling water used to kill lobsters.

We have no right to slaughter fish on the high seas or inland waters. Do the revised regulations apply to the welfare of food animals slaughtered abroad and in Third World countries and eaten in this country? And would they apply to the activities in Ipswich and Ramsgate now? It could all be watered down in the preliminary stages.

Let us keep what is best in the current legislation secure and don’t excuse cruelty on any such grounds where animal rights predominate with scientific justifications over myth and rituals. Above all, ACT NOW!

Views sought on protecting animal welfare at slaughter
Veterinary Record, 29 Sept 2012
See: http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/171/13/307.2.short?g=w_vr_current_tab

A copy of Defra's consultation can be downloaded from
This consultation closes on October 24. To respond, write to:
Animal Welfare Team
Area 8B LMB
C/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square

A copy of the Scottish Government's consultation can be downloaded from http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/08/9239
This consultation closes on October 26. To respond, write to:
Animal Welfare Team
P Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD

A copy of the Welsh Government's consultation can be downloaded from http://wales.gov.uk/consultations/environmentandcountryside/?lang=en
This consultation closes on November 5. To respond, write to:
Livestock Welfare Team
Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer
Hill House
Picton Terrace
SA31 3BS

A consultation exercise on implementing Regulation 1099/2009 in Northern Ireland closed on September 3.


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