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Welfare at slaughter


With the European Parliament Agriculture and Rural Development Committee due to vote on Monday (16 March) on the draft EU Regulation dealing with the protection of animals at the time of killing, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has today (13 March) reiterated its support for the amendments proposed by its European umbrella organisation, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE).


The amendments, which have all been submitted on the FVE’s behalf by MEPs, cover permitting Member States to implement stricter welfare rules for the slaughter or killing of animals, should they wish to do so, clarification of the role of the competent authority in enforcement procedures, the need for the role of the Official Veterinarian (OV) to be specifically stated in the Standard Operating Procedures and, in the event that derogations for specific religious communities are granted, for the need for greater transparency over the sale of meat from animals slaughtered without prior stunning with clear labelling to the consumer.


“We” said BVA President Nicky Paull ”have long argued that all animals should be effectively stunned before slaughter.  While we believe that slaughter without pre-stunning is, from both an animal welfare and an ethical standpoint, totally unacceptable given that the draft Regulation represents a major step forward for animal welfare at slaughter, we commend the FVE amendments as a pragmatic means of enabling a better balance between animal welfare and religious requirements.



Notes for Editors


1.         For the complete FVE Press release please visit


2.         For further information on the BVA’s position please visit


3.         For further information please contact the BVA Press Office on 020 7908 6340 or email

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