As a result, FAWC recommended that slaughter without pre-stunning--ritual slaughter--be prohibited.
The FAWC report states, "Argon, in high concentrations, has been shown to cause anoxia with no noticeable aversive effect.
Shechita though is not wrong, that is why the exemption from pre-stunning continues to be extended to the Jewish community and why we are urging the Government to reject outright the relevant recommendations made by FAWC
Report on Farm Welfare: Effectiveness of Labelling, http://www.
I am surprised the FAWC
puts so much faith in stunning, which has been shown to be extremely unreliable.
wrote: 'We are persuaded that such amassive injury would result in very significant pain and distress in the period before insensibility supervenes.
The organisation also dismissed claims by FAWC
that the additional cost of administering anaesthetic to a lamb during castration would be "trivial and would not be noticed by most consumers" as naive.
We are very disappointed that FAWC
seems to have ignored our evidence.
A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokesman said a report on animal welfare by the FAWC
will be published in the next few weeks.
We have always highly valued the reports produced by FAWC
and have used their recommendations as the foundation on which we have developed our welfare standards, " said RSPCA director general, Peter Davies.
was established by the Government in 1979 to keep under review the welfare of animals on agricultural land, at market and in transit and at the place of slaughter.