The British Veterinary Association's (BVA's), president-elect John Blackwell would like ministers to consider following Denmark's example and ban non-stun slaughter, it has been reported.

The new law came into force in Denmark last month, but has been criticised by several religious groups, including Danish Halal and the Jewish Society of Denmark who claim it violates religious freedom.

According to The Times, Blackwell said the religious practice of slaughtering animals without the use of stunning caused unnecessary suffering for the animal.

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