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Clean animal call from processors to producers

Beef and sheep producers have been reminded to ensure livestock is clean before being sent to slaughter to prevent the spread of disease. 

New stun gun measurement device available to UK customers

A new device to measure the stunning performance of slaughter tools is now available to the UK industry. 

Quarter of sheep and goat slaughtered pre-stunning

Research has indicated that the number of animals being killed without being stunned first is on the rise. 

Funding made to improve pig slaughter applauded by sector

In an effort to improve pig slaughter methods, and reduce distress levels of the animal, a £400,000 investment has been made to research more humane methods. 

2 Sisters commended by vegan protestors

Animal rights group Devon Animal Save continues to protest again outside 2 Sisters’ Cullompton plant, but the meat processor has been commended for allowing activists to hold vigils for slaughter-bound chickens. 

Moy Park facing charges over welfare allegations

Poultry processor Moy Park is facing a court hearing over allegations that its chickens were mistreated prior to slaughter. 

Halal Food Authority to certify non-stun slaughter

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) is to launch a certification scheme for non-stun slaughter in the meat and poultry processing sector. 

Debate between certification boards over halal machine slaughter tribunal

An upcoming tribunal to determine the validity of machine slaughter in halal has received mixed support from certification boards. 

Concerns over new poultry slaughter regulations

New slaughter regulations from Defra regarding the killing of poultry have raised concerns over the welfare of the birds with the British Veterinary Association (BVA). 

HAIP revises halal policy

HalalAssure-IP (HAIP) has reissued its Halal Certification policy to ensure a trained slaughter-man is present during the time of slaughter. 

UKIP changes tack on non-stun slaughter

After backing down from plans to ban non-stun slaughter, UKIP’s new election manifesto supports continuation of the slaughter method, and insists on “formal non-stun training and certification for all religious slaughtermen”.

Law creates more stress at slaughter for sheep, finds study

Legislation requiring the individual handling of sheep in non-stun slaughterhouses increases stress levels in animals, according to research presented at Tuesday’s Eblex Halal Seminar.

Welsh red meat body offers free beef carcase selection course

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has introduced a free course for beef carcase selection training.

Halal seminar to debate issues

Eblex will focus on the current opportunities and challenges in the halal sector in a seminar later this month.

Pork trade defends CO2 stunning

The pork industry has defended the use of group CO2 stunning following claims made by animal activists that the process causes “severe distress”.

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal ‘cruelty’

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is “disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat”.

Pressure forces Ukip members to back down on non-stun slaughter ban

UK Independence Party (Ukip) members have backtracked on party policy to ban non-stun slaughter after criticism from the Jewish community.

Vets’ body urges action on animal welfare and disease

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has set out its 2015 general election manifesto, urging parties to commit to action on animal welfare and disease prevention.

Advocates of slaughterhouse CCTV gain increasing support

Support for compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses seems to be growing, with a number of industry and government reviews backing the installation of the surveillance equipment in recent days.

Halal body criticises FSA on animal welfare report

The Halal Food Authority (HFA) has criticised the latest Animal Welfare Survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) as “wholly inaccurate and misleading”.

BVA non-stun petition reaches 100,000 signature goal

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) e-petition on calling for an end to non-stun slaughter has reached its target of 100,000 signatures, it was announced today (29 January).

UK cattle slaughter numbers up

The number of cattle slaughtered in the UK is up on previous years according to the latest research from red meat body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

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Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

Glasgow pork project meets opposition

An ethical food project in Glasgow has come under fire from members of the public after rearing pigs for slaughter in a local park.

2 Sisters slammed over flood plain chicken farm move

An animal welfare charity has criticised 2 Sisters Food Group over its decision to rebuild a chicken farm on a flood plain where 700,000 chickens drowned.

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MPs debate slaughter and stunning issues

Neil Parish MP, chairman of the All-Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Beef & Lamb called for a reduction in the number of animals that are not stunned at the time of slaughter, during a debate on Meat Slaughtered in Accordance with Religious Rites yesterday (4 November).

Veterinary body pushes for consumers to be better informed on slaughter

Nine out of 10 British vets believe consumers need to be better informed about slaughter methods and welfare at slaughter, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Parliament to debate religious slaughter

A debate on religious slaughter is to be held in parliament next week, following an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report.

Humane slaughter body open to scholarship applications

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is inviting applications for scholarships worth up to £2,000.

Study finds similar blood levels in halal, schechita and ordinary meats

New research, reported in The Times, shows similar blood levels in ordinary meat and meat from animals killed by shechita and halal methods.

Welsh red meat body to offer SME training

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) is to offer employees of small and medium (SME) Welsh abattoirs and cutting plants new training opportunities to “maximise efficiency”.

Parliamentary group publishes report on stun/non-stun slaughter

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report which calls for more research into the religious slaughter of animals

HFF puts the record straight on ‘misconceptions’

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has sought to clear up what it says are “misconceptions” about its commercial wing, the Halal Food Authority (HFA).

British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter

The non-stun slaughter debate between the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Halal Authority Board (HAB) has intensified, with the BVA saying it was appalled by suggestions made in an HAB open letter.

Halal body condemns BVA ‘attacks’ over non-stun slaughter

The Halal Authority Board (HAB) has written an open letter to the British Veterinary Association (BVA), accusing it of “continuous attacks against the Muslim and Jewish communities”.

BVA ramps up pressure on government on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has written to party leaders in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of its campaign to end non-stun slaughter.

Parliamentary group calls for more halal labelling research

An all party parliamentary group (APPG) for beef and lamb has published a report calling for more research into labelling of halal products.

Halal feature: Labelling under the spotlight

With the debate on stun or non-stun slaughter still raging, Oli Haenlein examines the different arguments on how meat should be labelled, given slaughter and other welfare factors.

Consumers unfazed by halal meat, finds study

The majority of UK consumers are not concerned about the consumption of halal meat, according to a new survey from Canadean.

Beef cattle farmers to benefit from new Morrisons app

Morrisons has launched a new mobile app for beef cattle farmers, which it hopes will help with livestock management.

Pig prices see early dip

Producers’ pig prices have eased a little earlier than expected this year, but future prospects are positive, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Slaughter statistics up in May

Defra has released slaughter statistics for May 2014, showing higher numbers of slaughterings than in May 2013 for cattle, sheep and pigs.

BVA calls on Defra to explain poultry stunning delay

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that Defra “must explain” for the delay in implementation of EU poultry stunning laws.

Eustice: we need more time on stun law changes

The government needs more time to consider the ramifications of imposing new welfare regulations, food and farming minister George Eustice told meat processors this week.

BVA calls for clarity on future regulations in Scotland

The British Veterinarian Association (BVA) expressed “frustration” over Scottish independence and outlined views on non-stun slaughter at its annual Scottish conference.

Cattle supplies set to tighten in 2014

According to research by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), cattle supplies are set to tighten throughout 2014, easing pressure on farmgate prices.

Defra withdraws stun legislation at 11th hour

After a judicial review was launched on behalf of over 20 abattoir operators, Defra has revoked the implementation of an EU regulation which would require increased currents for stunning poultry, the day before it was due to come into force.

MPs reject halal labelling plan

MPs have rejected a proposal to amend the Consumer Rights Bill to force all halal meat products to be clearly labelled.

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

Halal furore said to be driving consumers back to butchers

In the wake of the media focus on supermarkets selling unlabelled halal meat, a Shropshire butcher says it has been inundated with enquiries about its meat, with people once again losing trust in the major retailers.

Prime Minister rejects compulsory halal labelling scheme

David Cameron does not support the compulsory labelling of halal meat products, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Industry experts dismiss ‘sensationalist’ supermarket halal media stories

Experts in the meat industry have criticised national media stories about unlabelled halal meat in supermarkets, saying they are sensationalist and contain incorrect information.

BVA takes proactive stance on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has launched a government epetition to end the non-stun slaughter of animals, to support animal welfare.

Warning over misuse of ‘halal’ on labelling

The Halal Food Foundation (HFF) has expressed fears of misuse of the term halal and urged the industry to be more proactive in ensuring products are labelled correctly.

Badger cull put on hold

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has announced that the badger cull roll-out will be put on hold, after recommendations on the cull pilots from the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) were published.

Halal safe with me, says PM

With the debate about halal slaughter intensifying in recent weeks, Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that as long as he is in power, halal will be safe.

BVA concerned at calls for sick animals to be slaughtered

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has questioned remarks made by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dame Sally Davies that sick animals should be slaughtered rather than treated, and has asked for clarification on the issue.

Sharia Halal Board issues response to BVA

The Sharia Halal Board (SHB) has hit back at comments made by the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) John Blackwell, regarding the morality of non-stun slaughter, calling them confusing to Muslims and Jews.

Mixed reaction as bovine TB stats show fewer cattle killed last year

Latest government figures have shown levels of cattle killed due to bovine TB dropped in 2013, but widespread concern remains.

Prices up 6% for prime sheep in Scotland

The price that Scottish producers are receiving for prime sheep at auction continue to hold at 6% up on this time last year, according to the latest data from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

BVA reiterates position on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA’s), president-elect John Blackwell would like ministers to consider following Denmark’s example and ban non-stun slaughter, it has been reported.

Full enquiry launched into live exports from Dover

A full enquiry has begun into the resumption of live exports from the Port of Dover – a move welcomed by the RSPCA.

Halal Authority Board plans conference

A conference is set to be held to establish a consensus within the halal community when it comes to the ritual slaughter of poultry.

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