Animals to be killed more humanely from 2013 (June 25th, 2009)

June 25, 2009 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

EU Agriculture Ministers have agreed to bring in more humane killing practices for animals in cases of eradication of contagious diseases. Irish Minister Brendan Smith and his EU counterparts finalised comprehensive draft legislation this week to improve conditions for animals going to the slaughter.
Under the measures, due to come into force in 2013, slaughterhouses and abattoirs must monitor and control techniques used to stun animals, to make sure that they do not regain consciousness before they are killed. Slaughterhouses will also have to employ designated welfare officers to enforce the new rules and certify workers who handle livestock.
Every year, almost 360 million pigs, sheep, goats and cattle as well as several billion poultry are killed across Europe for their meat.

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Entry filed under: Animals and the EU.

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