There are legal requirements that you must follow regarding the protection of animals at the time of their killing or slaughter.
- make it an offence to cause - or permit - avoidable pain, excitement or suffering to any animal
- state how animals must be handled, stunned, slaughtered or killed
- state that the people involved in moving, lairaging, restraining, stunning, slaughtering or killing any animal must have the knowledge and skill to perform those tasks humanely and efficiently
- state that only permitted methods can be used to stun and kill animals, and the person involved must have a registered licence.
- EU Regulation 1099/2009 – which came into effect on 1 January 2013.
- This is due to be implemented in England by The Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) (WATOK).
For additional guidelines on the legislation surrounding the killing or slaughter of animals, visit the slaughter section of the Defra website or refer to this Guide to Good Practice written by the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).