The BVA has reiterated its support for proposed amendments to the draft EU Regulation dealing with the protection of animals at the time of killing.

The BVA support for the amendments – proposed by the BVA’s European umbrella organisation, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) – comes as the European Parliament Agriculture and Rural Development Committee prepares to vote on the draft EU Regulation on Monday (March 16).

The amendments, which have all been submitted on the FVE’s behalf by MEPs, include:

  • Permitting Member States to implement stricter welfare rules for the slaughter or killing of animals (should they wish to do so),
  • Clarification of the role of the competent authority in enforcement procedures, and
  • The need for the role of the Official Veterinarian (OV) to be specifically stated in the Standard Operating Procedures.

Also, in the event that derogations for specific religious communities are granted, the proposed amendments also cover:

  • The need for greater transparency over the sale of meat from animals slaughtered without prior stunning with clear labelling to the consumer.

BVA president Nicky Paull said: “We have long argued that all animals should be effectively stunned before slaughter. While we believe that slaughter without pre-stunning is, from both an animal welfare and an ethical standpoint, totally unacceptable given that the draft Regulation represents a major step forward for animal welfare at slaughter, we commend the FVE amendments as a pragmatic means of enabling a better balance between animal welfare and religious requirements. ”

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