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ECJ: non-stun slaughter breaches ‘highest welfare standards

ECJ: non-stun slaughter breaches ‘highest welfare standards

Country: 
European Union
News Date: 
26/02/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Meat from animals slaughtered without pre-stunning does not meet sufficiently high animal welfare standards to be labelled organic, the European Court of Justice has found. The EU's top court today  non-stun slaughter "fails to observe the highest animal welfare standards" and breaks regulations on organic food which require suffering to be minimised. The court said scientific studies had shown that pre-stunning "compromises animal welfare the least at the time of killing".