Analysis by the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation (CAWF) has found the total oversupply of non-stun meat could range between 32% to 278%. This represents between 34 and 99 million animals unnecessarily slaughtered without stunning each year.
Animal welfare legislation requires all animals to be stunned before slaughter to minimise suffering. The only exemption is for religious communities to meet Jewish and Muslim religious dietary preferences for kosher and halal meat. The report expresses concerns that the lack of labelling on non-stun meat results in shoppers "unwittingly buying meat from non-stunned animals when they would otherwise consume stunned animals".
NSS research has found meat from animals slaughtered without stunning is widely sold without clear labelling in supermarkets.
In December, an NSS-commissioned poll found 72% of the population think food produced from religious non-stun slaughter methods should be clearly labelled, but 73% are unaware that there is no requirement for such meat to be labelled. Most of the population (58%) believe the religious exemption permitting non-stun slaughter should be removed.
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