Make the labelling of un-stunned meat in Ireland mandatory
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Our welfare laws used to state that all animals slaughtered in Ireland must be stunned (electricity for pigs and poultry, captive bolt for cattle) before slaughtering.
Recently, the Irish government made amendments to these laws to allow the slaughter of animals without prior stunning for "religious reasons" (a Muslim and Jewish custom), in keeping with trends in many EU countries.
This is permitted in Ireland despite every welfare and vet group appealing for the more humane method of stun first. A petition in the UK calling for an outright ban on non-stunned meat references the British Veterinary Association, the RSPCA, the Humane Slaughter Association, Farm Animal Welfare Committee and Federation of Vets of Europe, who all conclude using peer reviewed scientific evidence that non-stun slaughter allows animals to perceive pain and compromises welfare. Our own
"Slaughter without stunning causes pain, distress and suffering to the animal, all of which may be avoided by stunning the animal. As such, the VCI supports the statement of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) that “The Slaughter of Animals without Prior Stunning is Unacceptable under Any Circumstances”.
There are now 8 Halal certified slaughterhouses in Ireland, putting out exponentially more Halal meat than our 100,000 Irish Muslims could possibly eat. In 2013 1/3 of all Irish sheep were killed Halal. 40,000 of our cattle were killed this way in 2015. So we are now exporting un-stunned meat.
Obvious welfare issues aside, this petition concerns how this meat is labelled in Ireland. When the hind quarters of one of these animals are packaged up and sold to the non-Muslim non-Jewish Irish market it is not being labelled as un-stunned meat.
We contacted the Department of Agriculture and they verified that Irish meat producers are not required to label their meat products "non-stunned meat", denying the people a chance to avoid supporting such a barbaric practice.
This means you and your family are eating un-stunned meat regularly.
This is a petition to ask the Irish government to amend this policy. We demand that non-stunned meat is labelled as such, regardless of which community is destined to consume it.
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