The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a government epetition to end the non-stun slaughter of animals, to support animal welfare.

Supported by the RSPCA, the petition calls for an end to the slaughter of animals without pre-stunning. EU and UK law requires all animals to be pre-stunned before slaughter, however non-stun slaughter is preserved for religious practises such as halal and shechita.

The BVA reported that 80% of halal meat was pre-stunned before slaughter, but that hindquarters of animals killed by shechita methods can enter the market unlabelled. As there is no legal requirement for labelling of slaughtering methods, the BVA also called for clearer slaughter-method labelling and post-cut stunning.

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