Evans at Pandor The latest quarterly figures from the Food Standards Agency show that almost 5,000 cattle were slaughtered in the UK without first being stunned
, around 760,000 sheep and goats were not stunned
and for poultry, the figure for the same three months is more than 16million.
"However, while this method of killing animals is generally deemed to be cruel, we have sufficient filmed evidence to show that many animals in traditional British slaughterhouses suffer the same fate, as they are often insufficiently stunned
, leaving them to suffer the same painful end, having their throats cut while still partially or fully conscious.
"The British Veterinary Association, representing 17,000 British vets, believes that 'all animals should be stunned
before slaughter to render them insensible to pain' and highlights that scientific evidence supports the use of pre-stunning to improve animal welfare.
myocardium: Prolonged, postischemic ventricular dysfunction.
Onenc and Kaya (2004) reported higher WHC in meat samples of the un-stunned than the percussively and electrically stunned
cattle, and in lamb, a higher drip loss was found in stunned
compared to unstunned animals (Linares et al., 2007).
It is more disturbing to find out that around 30 to 40 per cent of American cattle are stunned
by pneumatic guns.
Animals killed for Muslim halal and Jewish kosher meat are exempt from the rule that requires all animals to be stunned
bef ore being slaughtered,because their religions have traditionally forbidden stunning.
I was stunned
when a good friend suggested to me that the cause of my ulcer was my relationship with my father.
All Halal meat sold at Asda, Tesco and Safeway stores is from animals that have been stunned
before being killed.
Peter Soul says that animals are properly stunned
before being killed, but we saw sheep and pigs regaining consciousness while bleeding to death.
Except for the wounds where the electrodes are in contact with the skin, in almost all cases there seem to be few physical aftereffects to being stunned
. Indeed, being stunned
is often a part of the training program for operators of stun technologies.