Leading vet: rise of 'non-stun' abattoirs is 'unacceptable'

A leading vet has spoken out against the "unacceptable" rise in the number of farm animals slaughtered by having their throats cut while fully conscious.

The practice is allowed under UK and EU law to satisfy the dietary requirements of Jews and Muslims.

However, according to Professor Bill Reilly, a past-president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), there is evidence that far more animals are being killed this way than is necessary for religious reasons alone.

In my view, the current situation is not acceptable and, if we cannot eliminate non-stunning, we need to keep it to the minimum.

This means restricting the use of Halal and Kosher meat to those communities that require it for their religious beliefs and, where possible, convincing them of the acceptability of the stunned alternatives.

– Professor Bill Reilly, former president of the BVA