Date set for debate on non-stun slaughter

MPs are set to debate the issue of non-stun slaughter after an e-petition by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) reached its 100,000 signature target, at the end of last month.

The debate, scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee, will take place on Monday 23 February at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall. The Member in charge will be Philip Hollobone, Conservative MP for Kettering.

The e-petition calls for differentiation between religious and non-stun slaughter. Supported by the RSPCA, the BVA has said that its concern does not relate to religious belief, but the animal welfare compromise of non-stun slaughter.

The e-petition had received an earlier response from "the relevant Government department" when it reached 10,000 signatures.

"The Government encourages the highest standards of welfare at slaughter and would prefer to see all animals stunned before they are slaughtered for food. However, we also respect the rights of the Jewish and Muslim communities to eat meat prepared in accordance with their religious beliefs. Recently, the Prime Minister has confirmed that there would be no ban on religious slaughter in the UK," the statement read.

However it confirmed the issue would considered for debate should the 100,000 target be reached.

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