Welfare labels on meat to say how animal was killed

Welfare labels on meat to say how animal was killed
Welfare labels on meat to say how animal was killed
Welfare labels on meat to say how animal was killed: New law is in pipeline after campaign on halal and kosher livestock that isn't stunned before slaughter It currently not compulsory to label meat as halal but new bill could change that Campaigners argue shoppers concerned with animal welfare should be able to make the choice to buy meat killed in a more humane way The Bill is in the early stages and is currently the subject of a public consultation 

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Halal and kosher meat will have to be labelled in a victory for animal welfare campaigners.

As part of the proposed law, all meat will have to be marked with how the animal was killed.

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Animals slaughtered to be compliant with kosher and halal rules are often killed without being stunned first and have their throats slit.

At the moment, it is not compulsory to label meat as halal, so campaigners have argued that those who eat the products and care about animal welfare should be able to make the choice to buy meat killed in a more humane way.

The Bill is currently in the early stages and is the subject of a public consultation. But ministers have privately said they aim to bring in the law – and that it is supported by the majority of the British public.

Victoria Prentis, minister for farming, fisheries and food, said: 'As a nation, we care enormously about animal welfare and increasingly about environmental standards.

'Consumer information and labelling are part of the toolbox that we have when it comes to creating a better food system for people and the planet. It is something that we will be considering in detail with industry and stakeholders in the weeks and months ahead.'

At the moment, it is not compulsory to label meat as halal, so campaigners have argued that those who eat the products and care about animal welfare should be able to make the choice to buy meat killed in a more humane way [Stock image]

At the moment, it is not compulsory to label meat as halal, so campaigners have argued that those who eat the products and care about animal welfare should be able to make the choice to buy meat killed in a more humane way [Stock image]

The Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation (CAWF), which the Prime Minister's wife Carrie Johnson has long been a patron of, has been calling for this policy change for years.

Lorraine Platt, chairman of CAWF

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