Meat: Ritual Slaughter and Religious Freedom - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:22 am on 28th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Polak Lord Polak Conservative 11:22 am, 28th March 2019

My Lords, I would like to register an interest in that I eat only kosher meat. I understood that labelling meat as organic is about how the animal is reared or fed, not about how it is killed. However, does the Minister agree that mechanical stunning methods are not fool-proof? Why does he think that campaigners often concentrate on shechita, for example? According to Defra, mis-stunning, which can cause an animal distress, affects about 1% of the total poultry slaughtered per annum—9.5 million—when the total number of poultry for the kosher market is just 1 million a year.