BVA calls on Welsh Government to end talks with abattoir approved for non-stun slaughter
22 January 2015
Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling on the Welsh Government to end talks
with a company that has been approved by the Food Standard’s Agency to deliver
non-stun slaughter at an abattoir in Caernarfon in Wales.
this week with the BVA, Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food,
confirmed that Cig Menai Cymru abattoir in Caernarfon, owned by Pak Mecca Meats,
has been approved by the Food Standards Agency to carry out non-stun killing. She
stated that the Welsh Government was “in dialogue with a private company
regarding job creation at an abattoir in Caernarfon”.
The BVA is
concerned that the Welsh Government is considering using public money to
support the company without prioritising animals’ welfare and the damage done
to the image and reputation of the Welsh meat industry if they knowingly
support a company that doesn’t stun before killing.
in Wales requires animals to be stunned before slaughter but exemptions exist
for animals killed for certain communities. BVA is calling on the Welsh Government to end
these exemptions and ensure all animals are pre-stunned before slaughter.
In the correspondence with the BVA, the
Government also failed to give details of the species or throughput in the
abattoir, without which a proper assessment cannot be made about how much meat is
being used for religious practice and how much is entering into the general
The BVA had asked how the Welsh government
proposes to implement the requirement that meat derived from animals which
weren’t killed before stunning only goes to the religious communities to which
the non-stun derogation applies. This question was ignored.
John Blackwell, President of the BVA, said: “BVA
advocates that all animals which enter an abattoir be stunned before being
killed – this view is based on scientific evidence that shows that non-stun
slaughter allows animals to perceive pain.
“Concern about welfare of animals at
slaughter is a priority not only for our members, but also the general public
with the BVA’s HM Government e-petition reaching more than
95,000 signatures. This is a clear signal that the Welsh Government is out of
touch with the public on this issue. It must align its policies with animal
welfare concerns and public opinion today.”
Rob Davies said: “BVA calls upon the Welsh
Government to state clearly that it will not spend public money on abattoirs
which don’t stun animals before killing them, either now or at any time in the
“BVA supports the Welsh
farming industry which is the backbone of the rural economy. I would appeal to Welsh farmers to consider the
damage done to the image and reputation of Welsh meat if they knowingly take or
send animals to an abattoir which doesn’t stun before killing, whether a local
abattoir or a distant one. Welsh meat
must be welfare friendly from birth to slaughter. ”
BVA Welsh Branch is also supporting the RSPCA Cymru e-petition
on non-stun slaughter