Survey finds nearly three quarters want non-stun meat labelled

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24th September 2015 15:50 - FMCG

A recent survey commissioned by the European Commission has revealed that nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of people want meat to be Survey finds nearly three quarters want non-stun meat labelledclearly labelled if a non-stun method of slaughter was used.

The British Veterinary Association believes that shoppers should be aware if their meat has come from animals which were not stunned before slaughter.

The Association is concerned that non-stun meat is being sold unlabelled as there is currently no rules to say that meat and meat products need to be labelled as non-stun.

Following the survey of 13,500 meat eaters from throughout Europe, The British Veterinary Association has called for clearer labelling.

John Blackwell, President of The British Veterinary Association, said of the findings:

“The long-awaited release of this report gives renewed vigour to the BVA’s campaign for better consumer information on animal welfare at slaughter and the need for meat from non-stun slaughter to be clearly labelled.” 

Blackwell said that the report indicated that the majority of people were “interested in receiving information about the stunning of animals”.

In the past Defra has been accused of not addressing the issue of non-stun meat but said that it would consider options for the United Kingdom this summer, however, Defra has claimed that it has no plans to ban halal and kosher slaughter in the United Kingdom.

A spokesperson from Defra said of the issue: “We want people to have the information they need to make informed choices about the food they buy,” said a Defra spokesman.

According to the RSPCA, non-stun slaughter causes millions of UK farm animals to experience suffering.

David Bowles, RSPCA Head of Public Affairs, said of the findings:

“We recognise that religious belief and practices should be respected but we also believe that animals should be slaughtered in the most humane way possible.

“Non-stun slaughter can result in the animals experiencing very significant pain and distress. That is why we feel more needs to be done to end this suffering.”

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