November 10, 2014

Current law in Wales requires animals to be stunned before slaughter – rendering them insensible to pain until death supervenes.

However, under EU law – namely Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 – member states may implement exemptions for certain communities wishing to observe religious practices. In Wales, these exemptions exist under the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (Wales) Regulations 2014.

Scientific evidence suggests that non-stun slaughter compromises animal welfare and as a result RSPCA Cymru is opposed to the continuation of these exemptions on animal welfare grounds.

Previously one abattoir, out of 23 in Wales, undertook animal slaughter utilising non-stun methods. However, in November 2018 the Welsh Government confirmed that “no non-stun slaughter is practiced currently in Wales”.

RSPCA Cymru is calling for legislation to be brought forward to end to these exemptions.  A petition, supported by the British Veterinary Association, calling for an end to non stunned slaughter in Wales has gathered thousands of signatures.