What’s the issue?
EU and UK legislation requires that all livestock is stunned before slaughter to render them insensible to pain at the time of killing. However, the law also allows an exemption for animals slaughtered in accordance with religious rites. Every year millions of animals are slaughtered without pre-stunning, compromising their welfare.
Ultimately, we want to see an end to non-stun slaughter. In the short term we want to see a limit on the number of animals being slaughtered without stunning through: a system to match supply and demand; clearer labelling; post-cut stunning; a ban on the export of non-stun produce; and better dialogue with religious certification bodies to promote stunning.