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Clear Labelling Needed for Non-Stunned Animals

8 March 2012, at 8:59a.m.

UK - The President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), Carl Padgett, has said that consumers need to be better informed in order to allow them to make higher welfare choices.

“The European legislation allowing non-stun slaughter for certain religious communities never intended these products to go outside those communities, but without clear labelling consumers simply do not know what they are buying.

“Too many suppliers, retailers and caterers, such as those in the leisure industry, believe the easiest and cheapest way to satisfy the market is to source all of their meat from slaughter without prior stunning.

“We want to see UK ministers in Europe pushing for proper implementation of the legislation and supporting our call for better consumer information that will allow people to make an informed choice in favour of higher welfare.”