Animal Slaughter

Animal Slaughter, Usually Hidden From View, Provokes Public Debate

Student Reporter | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Student Reporter

By Amy Jeffs, BA (recent graduate), University of Cambridge CAMBRIDGE, England -- An e-petition is calling for Parliament to impose a U.K.-wide ban o...

The Shocking Truth About Non-Stun Slaughter

Philip Lymbery | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

Of all the issues that I deal with as the CEO of a farm animal welfare charity, slaughter is one that never fails to arouse great passions. Slaughtering animals without first stunning them into unconsciousness seems to be a particularly emotive issue...

To Stun or Not to Stun: That Should Be the Question

Philip Lymbery | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

EU and UK law requires that all animals must be stunned before slaughter. However there is an exemption for religious communities. A loophole that must be closed.

Muslims Are Taking Over the Country! One Subway at a Time...

Salman Butt | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Salman Butt

This halal meat fiasco has two separate elements to it: (i) the halal meat creeping into restaurant menus; and (ii) the incorrect presumption that slaughtering an animal is more cruel than "stunning" by electrocution, drowning, bashing it over the head or whatever else is in vogue.

'Halal Hysteria': Religious Exemptions From Animal Welfare Law Are The Real Issue

Stephen Evans | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Perhaps the public outcry over Halal, or 'Halal hysteria' as some call it, is really a proxy for wider concerns many have about 'sharia creep' - the accommodation of Islamic practises in the UK, which they feel are starting to encroach on what were previously secular spaces.

Halal Meat Is Safe With Me, Says PM

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has promised that halal slaughter will be "safe in Britain" for as long as he remains in power, decrying the "intolerance" towards Musli...

The Pheasant Shooting Season Begins On October 1st...

Sue Cross | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

The pain the birds are subjected to when their beaks are cut has been compared to the pain humans' feel when a limb is amputated since, under the hard outer layer, beaks have blood vessels and nerve endings which make them as sensitive as fingers are to humans.

Not for Human Consumption: The Fastest of Fast-Fattening Diets Are on Factory Farms

Sue Cross | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Small farmers who rear their animals in a natural way call in vets to treat them when they are ill; meat industrialists do not. This business is all about providing food that is as cheap as it can possibly be. Keeping prices down means the industry cannot afford to care about the animals.

Foie Gras Might Be A Gourmet's Delight - But Its Production Process Could Not Be More Brutal

Sue Cross | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Post-mortems in slaughterhouses have shown that 30% to 70% have suffered severe injuries: bruised and broken bills; damaged throat muscles; maggot-infested neck wounds; multiple broken bones including wing fractures (the last attributed to a diet deficient in calcium).

Australia Has Again Been in Uproar About Revelations of Cruelty in an Egyptian Abattoir

Sue Cross | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

The Australian campaign group Ban Live Exports have catalogued a raft of severe animal welfare abuses. To western eyes these might seem exceptionally brutal but the fact is that in any intensive system once animals draw near their slaughter date cruelty rachets up.

If Your Easter Lamb Disappoints - Here's Why. The Case For The Vegan Option Continued.

Sue Cross | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

News of the thousands of sheep that were lost in last week's snow drifts has given us an insight into sheep farming. Warnings were issued several days...

Will Antibiotic Resistance Put an End to Factory Farming? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

If we are concerned about the over-use of antibiotics in human medicine then alarm bells should sound louder still when it comes to their use in intensive farming.

Paul McCartney - Here's An Idea!

Sue Cross | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

With all the furore surrounding the horse meat scandal it seems there is no better time the current advertising campaign promoting the new Linda McCartney range. But will it work?

Should We Care That Fish Might Feel Pain? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

In trawling nets, fish are trapped with rocks, debris and other sea life and dragged along the bottom of the sea for hours. Surely, in these circumstances, they must suffer fear, pain and stress?

Slaughterhouse Waste - It All Has to Be Dealt With: A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Thanks to the horse meat scandal tons of processed meat products are being removed from supermarket cabinets. The waste is huge. But the meat industry usually strives to avoid waste. Any part of an animal that can possibly be used for human consumption is made fit to eat, right down to the stripping of bones.

Blood Sports or Factory Farming? Which Is the Crueller? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Fighting bulls are selected for their aggressive spirit. Like racehorses bred for the track they are highly prized and their welfare is paramount. Beef cattle, on the other hand, are bred and reared purely for meat. Only a very small proportion are kept for breeding - nearly all bull calves are castrated.

Do Farm Animals and Humans Have Anything in Common? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

When our backs are against the wall, our fear and anxiety, our terrified, panic-stricken reaction, are just the same. How must animals feel when they are rounded up for slaughter and rushed up ramps onto lorries?

Are Vegetarians Fooling Themselves?

Sue Cross | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

There are several types of vegetarian. Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy products but not eggs. Ovo-vegetarians eat eggs but not dairy products. Ovo-lacto-vegetarians eat eggs and dairy. But vegetarians who have chosen to forego meat in order to avoid the killing of animals may find that they are.

Quail Are Factory Farming's Most Recent and Smallest Victims. A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Quail for Christmas? Recipes are plentiful. These birds are the smallest European game bird. But those for the table have never been wild and they have not been shot for sport. Rather they are - as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has described them - factory farming's most recent and smallest victims.

Humane Slaughter: A Contradiction in Terms? A Case for the Vegan Option Continued

Sue Cross | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Cross

Every day, all over the world, animals arrive at slaughterhouses by the truck, train and ship load - around 65 billion every year. That number is predicted to double by 2050.