14.01.14

The House of Lords is preparing to debate the subject of killing without stunning this Thursday, 16 January. 

We’re renewing our call for improved welfare of all farm animals at the time of slaughter and clearer labelling of production methods.

More than 900 million farm animals are slaughtered for meat in the UK every year. The vast majority are stunned pre-slaughter. However, the law permits the Jewish and Muslim communities to kill animals by religious methods without any … Continue reading…

19.11.13

We are braced for increased calls during cold snap

We are urging farmers to get in touch if they need help with their animals caught in the predicted snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures.

With weather warnings for treacherous conditions increasing, we are seeking to reassure farmers that help is at hand and encourage them to make extra preparations in case it takes a sudden turn for the worse.

During cold weather, farm animals need good sources of drinking water … Continue reading…

We warn of increase in live animals destined for slaughter

11.10.13

We’ve reiterated our calls for greater checks on live animals bound for France, as exports increase in the lead up to the annual Eid festival.

Yesterday seven lorry loads of live animals went through the port of Dover  and were loaded onto the boat, the Joline, which is carrying sheep that we believe will be slaughtered without pre-stunning for use in the religious festival of Eid.

The trade in … Continue reading…

Today (Thursday 12 September) marks the first anniversary of the Ramsgate live exports tragedy, yet sadly new government figures reveal that less than 40% of animal transport lorries are being inspected at the port.

 

At 11am today, the RSPCA along with other animal groups and Kent residents came together at the Port of  Ramsgate to lay a floral tribute in remembrance of the 47 sheep that lost their lives at the dock on this day in 2012*.
Gavin Grant, … Continue reading…

18.09.13

We are calling on the government to follow its own guidance on the export of live farm animals after new information revealed welfare checks apparently not being carried out in line with government commitments.

Nine months ago Animal Welfare Minister David Heath MP changed the welfare checks required to export live animals to the continent. He said every consignment would be checked at loading and a proportion again at the port of departure until the government were entirely satisfied … Continue reading…