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This page looks at the Humane Slaughter regulations (WASK) in UK abattoirs - and reflects concern about the demise of smaller slaughterhouses in the UK

Every slaughter house has at least one Animal Welfare Officer

The protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing.

The Law. It is an absolute offence to cause or permit an animal avoidable excitement, pain or suffering. There are also specific rules on handling, stunning, slaughter or killing of animals. In particular:

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October 12th 2010 ~".. no matter if the filming was with or without permission the meat industry has shot itself in the foot big time."

October 3rd 2010 ~Will the new time-based charge in abattoirs mean the end of locally produced and processed meat?

September 20th 2010 ~ Licences returned by DEFRA to 3 slaughtermen accused of animal cruelty regulation breaches.

September 20th 2010 ~ Growth in vegetarianism reflects concern about animal welfare

September 17 2009 ~ The HSA has produced a series of technical information posters to illustrate how to use slaughter equipment correctly.

September 2009 ~More info received by email from the Meat Hygiene Service:

September 17 2009 ~ previous attempts to pass across filmed evidence to the MHS had resulted in no action being taken, says Animal Aid

Sept 15 2009 ~The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is the only registered charity that works in the UK and internationally towards improving welfare for food animals during transport, marketing and slaughter.

Sept 14 2009 ~ Following the recent concerns, the MHS has kindly promised to forward to us information from their vets about the legality of facilities and practices recently filmed at abattoirs.

September 10 2009 ~ "The MHS have confirmed that these matters are being investigated"

September 10 2009 ~ What plans they has the government for further regulating United Kingdom abattoirs?

September 10 2009 ~ Four years before any improvement?

September 8 2009 ~ Who is responsible for ensuring humane slaughter at abattoirs?

September 7 2009 ~ "you can only conclude that the lunatics are in charge of the asylum..."

September 7 2009 ~ "I could not imagine working in such a place and doing what these videotaped people do every day, all day long..."

September 4 2009 ~ The best slaughterhouses can provide a high standard of welfare - but stunning and handling are all too often bungled elsewhere.


From

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/farmed/slaughter.htm

 

The law

On 22 June 2009 the Agriculture Council reached political agreement on a Regulation to  replace Directive 93/119/EC on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing which was adopted in 1993. The new regulation will apply from 1 January 2013. It is anticipated that the final text of the Regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union towards the end of 2009. Legislative changes will be required to implement this Regulation and we will consult as appropriate before any changes are made.

Directive 93/119/EC has been implemented in Great Britain by the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995, as amended, (WASK) and in Northern Ireland by the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996, as amended.

WASK has been directly amended by several Regulations. These are:

It is an absolute offence to cause or permit an animal avoidable excitement, pain or suffering. There are also specific rules on handling, stunning, slaughter or killing of animals. In particular: