List of Slaughter Houses approved for religious slaughter.

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Dear Food Standards Agency,

I would like a list of Slaughter Houses approved for religious slaughter of livestock, also a specific indication of which are approved for non-stun slaughter.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Perrin

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Monks, Emma,

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Dear Mr Perrins,

 

Please see attached letter in relation to your Freedom of Information
Request.

 

Regards

Emma

 

Emma Monks

Assurance Projects Manager

Operations Assurance

 

 

Monks, Emma,

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Dear Mr Perrins,

 

Please see attached letter in response to your Freedom of Information
Request below.

 

I hope you find this useful.

 

Regards

Emma

 

Emma Monks

Assurance Projects Manager

Operations Assurance

 

 

Dear Monks, Emma,

From the information you have given, it is clear you can disclose the number of slaughter houses that do perform religious and non stun slaughter. Please provide this information, and as much information about the location as possible (home nation, county, or other administrative area) that will not put individuals at risk.

Further if you do not separately licence such slaughter houses, how do youn ensure that the meat is only provided to the relugious communities it is permitted to be slaughtered for?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Perrin

Dear Monks, Emma,

Ps to my previous reply, I would like a list of all registered slaughter houses.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Perrin

Dear Monks, Emma,

Can you confirm you received my follow up information requests of the 1st of September and that they are being handled?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Perrin

Monks, Emma,

Dear Mr Perrin,

I can confirm I have received your follow up questions and will get a response back to you shortly.

Regards
Emma

Emma Monks
Assurance Projects Manager
Operations Assurance

Monks, Emma,

Dear Mr Perrin,

Thank you for your follow up questions to FOI 2077. Since I responded to your request, the survey I mentioned the FSA had completed of slaughterhouses carrying out slaughter without prior stunning has now been published by Defra and can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

The current legislation in England, the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015 (WATOK) makes it an offence to cause any animal avoidable pain, distress or suffering. In particular, animals must be stunned properly so that they are unconscious and unable to feel pain during the slaughter process. The only exception to the rule that animals must be stunned before slaughter is where slaughter is done in accordance with religious rites.

The Regulations require religious slaughter to be carried out by Muslims or Jews for the food of Muslims or Jews respectively. However, it is not a legal requirement that the meat from such animals can ultimately only be sold to, or consumed by, Muslims or Jews. It is not permitted that an animal be slaughtered by the Halal or Jewish method if, at the time of slaughter, the food business operator knows or believes that none of the meat from that animal will be consumed by a Muslim or Jew.

With regard to labelling of this meat, the Government is aware that there is public concern about meat from animals slaughtered in accordance with religious beliefs being sold to consumers who do not require their meat to be prepared in this way. The Government believes that consumers should have the necessary information available to them to make an informed choice about their food. Defra is the Government Department which has responsibility for labelling products of animal origin and it is considering this issue in the context of the UK’s exit from the EU and possible introduction of national labelling.

A list if all Slaughterhouses Approved by the FSA can be found at the following link:

https://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/sect...

I hope this has helped to answer your further questions.

Regards
Emma

Emma Monks
Assurance Projects Manager
Operations Assurance

Dear Monks, Emma,

Thank you for your reply, this completes my information request.

However, as non-stun slaughter must be 'intended' for consumption by the relevant religious group, this would clearly exclude it being slaughtered and put in to the general food chain merely assuming that some would be consumed by the relevant religious group, otherwise such a qualification would not be needed. Also it is virtually impossible for anyone to 'know that none of the meat will be eaten by the relevant religious group' so this suggestion of yours seems to be nonsense and again this would make the qualification irrelevant.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Perrin

Captain Bryn Wayt left an annotation ()

I am in full agreement with Mr Perrin.
It is a nonsense to suggest the HALAL slaughterer knows for sure (100%) the meat from the animal he is killing/killed will indeed be consumed only by a person of the religion that adheres to this barbaric tradition.

There has been more than enough time to label meat so that the likes of me can avoid HALAL meat.

Captain Bryn Wayt

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