Dear Mr Bradshaw
The industrialised slaughter of millions of animals every day brings immeasurable
suffering and the Government has a moral responsibility to address the
many severe welfare problems caused by slaughter. As you know, the Farm
Animal Welfare Council recently studied this issue and I urge you to implement
the following changes which they recommended.
- A ban on the stunning of animals with carbon dioxide gas
Scientific research has shown that pigs squeal, hyperventilate
and try to escape for up to 30 seconds.
- A ban on the killing of conscious
Under a special legal exemption, animals killed for halal or
kosher meat do not have to be stunned at all and are knifed
Although 93% of animals slaughtered for halal meat in Britain
are now pre-stunned, no legislative action has been taken to
ban this cruelty.
- A ban on piece work payment
The Farm Animal Welfare Council says that paying workers according
to the number of animals killed in a day is not in the interests
of the individual animal.
- Close supervision of stunning and an introduction
of maximum stun to knife times.
Each year, tens of millions regain consciousness as they
bleed to death. This huge and unacceptable toll of suffering is
by long stun-to-stick interval and, the inaccurate and brief
placement of electric tongs.
I look forward to your reply.