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Animals: Slaughter

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Moonie Lord Moonie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the European Commission and the Agriculture Council about changing the regulations in respect of animal slaughtering without stunning the animal first.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We have made no recent representations to the European Commission or the Agriculture Council about changing regulations in respect of animal slaughtering without prior stunning.

We were involved in discussions on the new EU Regulation (Number 1099/2009) on the protection of animals at the time of killing which was agreed on 24 September 2009 and comes into effect on 1 January 2013. This regulation permits the use of additional national rules to improve welfare protection in relation to the slaughter of animals without prior stunning. Detailed consideration of this issue will take place over the next year as we decide how to implement the new regulation. We will consult widely on our approach before final decisions are taken.

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