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VEGA makes a stand for end-of-life breeder birds - 01/11/2006
 
In August 2006 VEGA commented on a DEFRA consultation on proposed amendment to the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations. In response to this consultation several stakeholders (including VEGA) wanted end-of-life breeder birds to be brought within the scope of the amendment, resulting in a follow up consultation.

In August 2006 VEGA commented on a DEFRA consultation on proposed amendment to the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations. In response to this consultation several stakeholders (including VEGA) wanted end-of-life breeder birds to be brought within the scope of the amendment, resulting in a follow up consultation.

VEGA's comments to this follow up consultation below.

Re: Follow up Consultation on the inclusion of end of life breeders in proposed amendment to the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 to permit the use of gas outside of a slaughterhouse


We agree with the proposed amendment to cover the end-of-life breeders.

Since our response to the consultation that ended on 30 August 2006 we have attended conferences at which the medical profession (doctors and vets) and participants from the Armed Forces have been present or represented.

Our misgiving over the enormity of the threatened massacres have only deepened and increased our despair that the “efficient and humane way” sought for the proposed processes is at the moment a cruel farce. In fairness to DEFRA’s own staff and the prostitution of professional vows and duties of care, as well as the standards that the Food Standards Agency purports to uphold in food production and the morale in the industry, the awful procedures intended should be well publicised in public debate: consumers must be warned of the corollaries in the intensified and relentless production of cheap food and the need for the industry to undertake urgent reform and precautions at its own expense to realize the loftier aspirations of DEFRA’s purposes of welfare and environmental pleasure.
 
 
 

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