300 people logged on to participate in a recent webinar on welfare at slaughter, with a focus on the contentious issue of slaughter without stunning – currently practised in the UK and Europe for religious purposes.

300 people logged on to a recent BVA webinar to hear former British Veterinary Association president Bill Reilly talk on welfare at slaughter.

300 people logged on for Prof Reilly's webinar on welfare at slaughterProf Reilly focused particularly on the on the contentious issue of slaughter without stunning – currently practised in the UK and Europe for religious purposes.

Aimed at veterinary surgeons, the webinar—entitled “Out of Sight: Out of Mind? Do we care about welfare at slaughter?”—followed Prof Reilly’s recent Viewpoint article in the Veterinary Record, which generated national media interest in the issue and led to questions in the House of Commons.

During the webinar, Prof Reilly discussed the latest statistics on the scale of slaughter without stunning in the UK and the international situation.

He also raised the question of what the veterinary profession should be doing to improve welfare at slaughter and highlighted the upcoming consultations across the UK on new slaughter regulations.

The webinar is part of a series on policy issues provided by the BVA and hosted by The Webinar Vet. In March BVA past president Harvey Locke delivered a webinar on the role of vets in tackling pedigree dog health and welfare problems.

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