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14 February 2018 14:41:16 |Animal Health,Husbandry,Meat,News

Vets welcome Labour's proposed policy to label non-stun meat

The industry body said it will still continue to lobby for a ban on non-stun slaughter

The industry body said it will still continue to lobby for a ban on non-stun slaughter

The veterinary industry has welcome the Labour Party's proposed animal welfare policy of labelling all non-stun meat.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) said it believes any meat from non-stun slaughter should be clearly labelled to enable consumers to be an informed choice.
However, the industry body said it will continue to lobby for a ban on non-stun slaughter.
The comments follows the launch of Labour's "radical action" plan on animal welfare.
The BVA said that if cross-party support for labelling of non-stun meat is achieved, then "significant progress" in reducing demand will commence, thereby reducing the number of animals suffering slaughter without stunning.
BVA President John Fishwick said: “We are delighted to see animal welfare high on the political agenda, with cross-party recognition of the value of enshrining animal sentience in UK law post-Brexit.

“Animal welfare is at the heart of everything vets do and we have repeatedly called for measures to ensure there is a duty on Government to have regard for animal welfare in policy making.”
According to official figures, sheep slaughtered without being stunned first has doubled in the past six years to more than three million in the UK.
Last week, the former president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Alexander Trees, Baron Trees said the UK is "moving backwards" on its animal welfare commitments during a Lords debate on the issue.
The BVA has labelled the figures a "grave concern" to the veterinary profession, and has called for all livestock to be stunned before slaughter.


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