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Top vet calls for halal and kosher meat slaughter reform

Halal and kosher meat could be banned in Britain unless the religious slaughter of animals is made more humane, the leader of Britain's vets has said.

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Top vet calls for halal and kosher meat slaughter reform

Halal and kosher meat could be banned in Britain unless the religious slaughter of animals is made more humane, the leader of Britain's vets has said.

File photo of Lathallan Abattoir in Linlithgow, Scotland. Credit: PA

John Blackwell, president-elect of the British Veterinary Association, said the religious customs associated with killing sheep and cattle caused unnecessary suffering to animals.

Jewish and Islamic slaughter practices traditionally involve animals having their throats slit and the blood drained.

In an interview with The Times (£), Mr Blackwell suggested stunning the animals so that they are unconscious before the fatal cut is made.

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