Members of the halal industry have questioned the RSPCA's support for compulsory labelling of non-pre-stunned halal products and have demanded to know why only religious slaughter should be labelled as such.

The RSPCA this week urged MEPs to sign a Written Declaration tabled in the European Parliament, which calls for compulsory method of slaughter labelling on non-stunned meat and poultry products.

Commenting on the EU proposals, head of the RSPCA's farm animal science department Dr Julia Wrathall said: "We would rather see all animals pre-stunned before they are killed, however we believe labelling that clearly differentiates between animals that have been stunned or non-pre-stunned is still a step in the right direction."

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