The BVA is looking on the Authorities to urgently make clear whether or not UK lamb exported underneath a brand new commerce take care of Saudi Arabia might be surprised earlier than slaughter.
In an announcement, the affiliation stated: “The BVA believes all exported meat ought to come from animals which were surprised earlier than slaughter, however there may be ambiguity across the particulars of the deal, which UK halal certification our bodies it is going to contain and whether or not the meat that might be exported will come from stun or non-stun sources.
“Defra has not but clarified these factors and, in April 2018, acknowledged it didn’t maintain information on what proportion of meat from non-stun spiritual slaughter is exported.”
The assertion continued: “Within the UK and Europe, all animals should be surprised earlier than slaughter, however there’s a derogation for animals killed for spiritual functions. The BVA strongly believes this derogation ought to solely apply to satisfy the wants of the local people.
“In Germany, the legislation states produce from non-stun slaughter can’t be exported.”
‘Should not compromise’
BVA president John Fishwick stated: “We welcome new commerce offers that display the standard of UK agriculture, however we completely should not compromise on animal welfare. Animals slaughtered with out beautiful endure pointless ache on the time of demise.
“If non-stun slaughter is permitted underneath the derogation within the UK, it ought to solely be accessible for native communities and never for export.
“We have now raised these points instantly with the secretary of state, Michael Gove, and requested for readability on whether or not meat for export is surprised in accordance with the UK’s excessive animal welfare laws.
“The BVA is looking for an finish to all non-stun slaughter, however, whereas it’s nonetheless permitted, we wish to see new legal guidelines to ban export of non-stun meat, equivalent to these in Germany.”