Veterinary body pushes for consumers to be better informed on slaughter
Published:  04 November, 2014

Nine out of 10 British vets believe consumers need to be better informed about slaughter methods and welfare at slaughter, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

The organisation announced that a survey showed just 11% of vets believe the public understands the difference between stunned and non-stunned slaughter.

The BVA has released the survey results ahead of the parliamentary debate on meat slaughtered in accordance with religious rites today (4 November). It was secured by Neil Parish MP, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Beef and Lamb.  

BVA president John Blackwell said: “We know that UK consumers care about animal welfare, but our members believe there needs to be better understanding about methods of slaughter and how that impacts on welfare. We believe labelling that clearly explains the method of slaughter would help all consumers make informed choices about the products they wish to buy.”

The survey follows the BVA’s ‘#stunb4slaughter campaign’ to end non-stun slaughter, which involves an e-petition that has received around 80,000 signatures.

Blackwell added: “Vets’ commitment to the welfare of all animals throughout their lives, up to and including death, is clearly reflected in the latest findings from the BVA Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey. Ninety-seven per cent of vets would choose to buy meat and fish that had been stunned before slaughter to render the animal insensible to pain.  

“We are working hard to ensure our e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures to show the strength of feeling on this important welfare issue that affects millions of animals every year.”