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Mis-stunning 'extremely rare' in British abbatoirs


The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has been calling for an end to the practice of non-stun slaughter on the grounds of animal welfare. The association said slaughter without stunning unnecessarily compromises animal welfare.

Animals in British slaughterhouses are stunned before slaughter in over 99% of cases, according to official figures released by the Government.

The new figures expose the myth that animals are suffering welfare compromises in large numbers – a statement used by those who support the practice of slaughter without pre-stunning.

Those who oppose the BVA’s position on non-stun slaughter have suggested that mis-stunning occurs in large numbers causing a greater welfare problem than slaughter without stunning, quoting figures of 9-31% from a Europe-wide Efsa report in 2004.

The new figures reveal that in 2013 there were only 9 reports of mis-stunning incidents in cattle (0.0004% of cattle slaughtered) and 3 reports in sheep (0.00002%). These reports are made by Official Veterinarians working in abattoirs and collated by the Food Standards Agency on behalf of Defra.

Reported incidents of mis-stunning in poultry totalled 13 in 2013 but as poultry are usually slaughtered on a line system a single incident will normally represent more than one animal. It is therefore not possible to calculate the percentage of mis-stuns against the total slaughter numbers.

Commenting on the new figures, Robin Hargreaves, President of the British Veterinary Association, said: “These new official figures reveal that mis-stunning is extremely rare in British abattoirs and expose the myth that mis-stunning is a greater animal welfare problem than non-stun slaughter.

“Of course any incident of mis-stunning must be acted upon and the public should be reassured that there is legislation in place to ensure that mis-stunned animals are immediately re-stunned to render them unconscious. Each incident is recorded and immediate and appropriate action is taken to address any problems.

“As veterinary surgeons our number one priority is animal welfare and that is why we continue to call for an end to non-stun slaughter which unnecessarily compromises welfare at the time of slaughter.

“We are pleased that the new figures will help to ensure the debate takes place with all of the facts.”

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08-04-2014 08:37 AM | Posted by: Statman
These are reported figures. So basically it is up to the on-site vet to halt production, costing thousands in wasted time and tell his bosses and the government that he hasn't been doing his job properly. Yeah, I have no confidence in these figures AT ALL!
Philip Lymbery has a good chapter about this in his new book Farmageddon. Lymbery puts the true figure of missed stuns at between 5-10 percent in 'badly run' run UK abattoirs. Temple Grandin puts the figure for animals effectively stunned with one application of the stunner at more than 95 percent. But STILL, not 99 percent.

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