The head of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has provoked anger from religious groups by calling for an end to traditional Jewish and Muslim methods of animal slaughter.
John Blackwell wants to ban the practise of cutting animals’ throats without stunning them first.
Jewish groups variously called his remarks “scandalous”, “a dereliction of duty” and “completely misleading”.
Clearly this is an emotive issue. What about the facts?
How do Jews and Muslims slaughter animals?
UK law currently makes it compulsory for animals to be stunned with gas, an electric shock or a metal bolt fired against the forehead. But Muslims and Jews are exempt from the regulations in deference to their strong beliefs on food preparation. (more…)