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There are currently 346 approved slaughterhouses operating in Great Britain. There is no separate approval of slaughterhouses carrying out animal slaughter without prior stunning. However, where bovine animals are slaughtered by a religious method the restraining pen used must be approved by the Minister as required under Schedule 12 of the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 (as amended). Eight restraining pens have been approved in England and Wales and are currently operational.