At the slaughterhouse, horses are brutally forced into a "kill box" and shot in the head with a captive bolt
gun in an attempt to stun them before slaughter-a process that can be inaccurate due to the biology and nature of equines and result in animals sustaining repeated blows or remaining conscious during the kill process.
It is understood that the party was referring to a captive bolt
pistol, used to stun animals before slaughter.
The 'Ban the Bolt' campaign is calling for Defra to immediately ban the use of captive bolt
guns in the UK and for the destruction of greyhounds to only be performed by use of intravenous euthanasia, administered by qualified veterinary surgeons.
Some critics claim halal, and the similar Jewish shechita method, l cause more suffering for the animal than other methods of slaughter, such as the captive bolt
- by which animals are shot in the brain with a gun - electrocution and gassing.
In Australia, cattle are stunned prior to slaughter using a penetrative captive bolt
, non-penetrative (percussive) captive bolt
, or electrical methods, and, according to Gregory and Shaw (2000), when stunning is done correctly, the animal feels no pain and becomes instantly unconscious.
a captive bolt
instrument is kept close to the restraining pen, cradle or table for use in case of emergency and is immediately used where the animal is subject to any avoidable pain, suffering or agitation, or has any injuries or contusions".
Once inside, the animal is rendered unconscious by a captive bolt
Professor Schultz and his colleague Dr Hazim of the Hanover University, Germany, proved through an experiment, using an electroencephalograph (EEG) and electrocardiogram (ECG) that the Islamic method of slaughter is more humane than the captive bolt
stunning method, that causes severe pain to the animal.
I was on the internet trying to track down a captive bolt
gun and some old railway sleepers for the pyre when my wife arrived with a print-out from the NHS website listing the symptoms (with a large red tick in her own hand against each item) and the reassurance that, in humans, this is normally a mild viral infection.
At one slaughterhouse of 114 cows stunned 12 per cent had to be shot more than once with the captive bolt
We at least have some form of identification for our dogs - even those killed with a captive bolt
The RSPCA says inspectors decided to kill the dogs with captive bolt
pistols of a kind used in abattoirs to minimise suffering.