It is understood that the party was referring to a captive bolt pistol
, used to stun animals before slaughter.
Some animals were stunned using a captive bolt pistol
There are several slaughterhouses stunning methods: captive bolt pistol (cattle, most calves, and some sheep); electric stunner (pigs, most sheep, and some calves); and though not required, an electrified water basin for birds.
A captive bolt pistol is placed against a cow or calf's forehead, then fired, driving a rod through the skull and into the brain.
Dear Editor, With a view to shedding more light onto the halal meat issue, in order to reduce the possibility of misinterpretation, I would like to present a short summary of a study into the Islamic slaughter method, compared with the Captive Bolt Pistol
(CBP) stunning method.
I am not advocating the stunning method per se, but when used properly, the captive bolt pistol
is without doubt the lesser of two horrible evils.
In one practice where I was an assistant there was no captive bolt pistol
and I was sacked for refusing to use the two poisons that were certain to stop the heart after about a hundred and ten seconds of excruciating convulsions and then, after a further interval, stop all sensation of pain.
Perhaps the person who dreamed up Irn-Bru's latest advertisement could explain what is funny about animals such as spent dairy cows being shot in the head with a captive bolt pistol
and having their throats cut in order to be turned into burgers and other meat products.
Other methods of slaughter such as electrical stunning, asphyxiation, and captive bolt pistol
use, have all been condemned for causing pain and stress to the animal.