Leading vet: non-stun slaughtering of livestock is too commonplace

Writing in the Veterinary Record Professor Reilly has called for action to curb, if not halt, the slaughter of animals for meat consumption without prior stunning.

Although legislation permits Jewish and Muslim "non-stun" slaughter, it states that this must not cause "unnecessary suffering".

He said an estimated two million animals were killed in the UK each year without stunning for the orthodox Jewish community.

Halal meat now accounted for a quarter of the entire UK meat market, Prof Reilly added yet the Muslim community represented only some 3% to 4% of the UK population.