‘Animals in slaughterhouses: government consultations’ – respond NOW

Posted on October 22, 2012


Today (22nd October), Animal Aid posted a news item on their web-site titled ‘Animals in slaughterhouses: government consultations’.

‘… A new law relating to the welfare of animals at slaughter comes into force in January 2013. This is a devolved issue, so the English, Welsh and Scottish governments have all issued different consultations to help them decide how best to implement the law in each country. Inevitably, some are better than others.

Shockingly, Question 20 of the English consultation asks: Do you agree that business operators [i.e. slaughterhouse owners] are best placed to decide which monitoring tools are most appropriate for their individual circumstances?

Instead of taking seriously Animal Aid’s evidence of widespread abuses inside English slaughterhouses and cracking down hard on them, Defra, the government department responsible, plans to let slaughterhouses dictate how they would like to be monitored.

If you live in England, please respond to Question 20 of the consultation today (deadline Wednesday 24th). You can, of course, respond to additional questions, too.

Full information can be found here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/09/13/animal-welfare-killing/

Or simply send your response to Question 20 to: animalwelfareconsultations@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

Read Animal Aid’s response to the full consultation.

To see details of the Welsh and Scottish consultations, check back soon …’

Read the item at www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/NEWS/news_slaughter//2768//

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