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Food Standards Agency comment on calls to end non-stun slaughter procedures

The FSA conducted a survey on animal welfare in slaughterhouses over the course of a week in September last year.

Full details will be in the paper when it is published next week, ahead of a discussion at the FSA board meeting on May 22.

The results indicate that the number of animals not stunned prior to slaughter is relatively low, accounting for 3% of cattle, 10% of sheep and goats, and 4% of poultry.

They also show that the majority of animals destined for the halal trade in both the red and white meat sectors are stunned before slaughter.

– Spokesman for the Food Standards Agency