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Great Britan: Halal & Kosher meat could be labelled with method of slaughter after Brexit amid animal cruelty concerns

December 31, 2017 from the Telegraph-UK and Halal focus:

"Halal and Kosher meat could be labelled by method of slaughter after Brexit amid concerns that animals are suffering needlessly before being killed."
"Tory MPs and leading vets have for years raised concerns that the failure to stun animals before killing them under some methods of slaughter is cruel."
"George Eustice, the farming minister, has now given a clear indication that the Government will consider introducing labelling after the UK leaves the European Union."
"Shimon Cohen, campaign director at Schechita UK, said: “The Jewish community fully supports the notion that consumers have every right to know what they are eating."
"However, we also feel it is extremely important to distinguish between honest, even-handed labelling and what has been proposed thus far (stunned or non-stunned) which could so easily amount to an inadvertent deception of the consumer and an affront to faith communities."
" 'If we want to ensure true consumer information, they should be told the method of slaughter – captive bolt shooting, gassing, electrocution by tongs or water, drowning or any of the other approved methods."
" 'Labelling just one process inevitably sends a message that one method is somehow inferior to other methods; labelling stunned/ non-stunned will not suffice as the shechita process incorporates an integral stun; stunning, dispatching and exsanguinating the animal in one rapid action, conforming to all relevant EU definitions of stunning and to all norms of animal welfare.'"

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