19.11.13

We are calling on our supporters to contact their MEPs urging them to add their signature of support for clearer labelling of welfare standards on meat.

A Written Declaration (WD) has been tabled in the European Parliament calling for compulsory method of slaughter labelling on meat and poultry products which are from animals which haven’t been pre-stunned.

We believe that if method of slaughter labelling becomes a requirement within the EU, it will provide consumers with clearer information about how animals are treated at the end of their lives.

Dr Julia Wrathall, head of the RSPCA’s farm animal science department, 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.

 

“We believe all meat produced from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter should be clearly labelled in some way, so that it can be identified by consumers.  Consumers have the right to choose whether or not they wish to buy meat from animals slaughtered without pre-stunning.”

Animals should be slaughtered as humanely as possible

We recognise religious beliefs and practices should be respected. We also believe it is important to ensure animals are slaughtered under the most humane conditions possible. Scientific research has clearly demonstrated that slaughter of an animal without stunning can cause unnecessary suffering.

We take an evidence-based approach when developing our policies on animal welfare. We are therefore opposed to the slaughter of any food animal without first rendering it insensible to pain and distress until death supervenes.

If you would like to contact your regional MEP about this issue, you can take action for clear slaughter labelling here.

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