Vets vote for clear labelling of non-stunned animals

by Editor
Monday, March 12, 2012

The President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) used his annual London dinner speech to call on the Government to protect amongst others the UK's veterinary surveillance network and support better welfare at slaughter.

BVA President Carl Padgett stressed the importance of a robust surveillance system in the UK, calling on Defra (Department for environment, food and rural affairs) to listen to the recommendations of the surveillance review group before making any lasting decisions.

On welfare at slaughter Mr Padgett outlined the problem caused by meat from slaughter without stunning entering the mainstream food chain. He stressed that when the European legislation allowed non-stun slaughter for certain religious communities, it never had intended these products to go outside those communities, but without clear labelling consumers simply did  not know what they are buying.

Padgett said, that BVA wanted to see UK ministers in Europe pushing for proper implementation of the legislation and supporting their call for better consumer information that would allow people to make an informed choice in favour of higher welfare.