1,693,603 cattle, 1,291,958 calves, 5,692,404 sheep and 108,591 pigs were slaughtered in 1948 in slaughterhouses used by my Department. 932,409 pigs were slaughtered in bacon factories. Of these all but about 80,000 cattle, 40,000 calves and 144,000 sheep were killed with the humane killer or by electric stunning. I regret that the numbers slaughtered, by the humane killer as distinct from electric stunning are not separately recorded.
In view of the very large number of animals that are killed without the humane slaughter methods, and the fact that the R.S.P.C.A. and other organisations are offering to provide captive bolt pistols free to farmers and others who are prepared to use them, would the right hon. Lady say what further steps can be taken to see that all animals are killed by humane methods, as recommended by this House?
Certainly, we have taken steps and we gave instructions in March, 1948, but I must remind my hon. Friend that some animals are killed by the Jewish and Mohammedan methods, the practice of which we do not control.