ANIMAL EQUALITY: Small slaughterhouses are not exempt from cruelty to animals

Photo: Animal Equality In its latest investigation in November, Animal Equality Italy revealed shocking abuse of animals even at local, family-run businesses. Though smaller farms, slaughterhouses and other facilities are generally  perceived to be better or more humane, the video footage shows chickens being stunned inadequately, causing terrible suffering before death. 550 million animals are […]

Corrective and preventive measures urgently needed after EFSA spots many welfare hazards at poultry slaughter

Photo credit: L214 Two new Scientific Opinions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) identify many animal welfare problems likely to occur on poultry during slaughter and killing operations and propose measures to minimise and prevent them. The killing of poultry for human consumption (slaughtering) can take place in a slaughterhouse or during on‐farm slaughter. […]

Ritual slaughter, Fondation Brigitte Bardot

FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT: Slaughter without stunning – State of play and scope for change

On Thursday January 25, Fondation Brigitte Bardot organized a conference on the issue of slaughter without stunning. Sponsored by Pascal Durand, Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA, FR), the conference gathered veterinarians, animal advocates, industrial stakeholders, lawyers, and  Muslim and Jewish representatives from France  to discuss the challenges of slaughter without stunning and opportunities for […]


GAIA: The ECJ confirms that ritual slaughter without stunning may take place only in approved slaughterhouses

Today GAIA welcomes the European Court of Justice’s ruling, confirming that ritual slaughter without stunning may take place only in approved slaughterhouses and that this obligation does not infringe freedom of religion. From 1998, Belgian legislation provided that slaughter prescribed by a religious rite could be carried out only in approved or temporary slaughterhouses. In 2014, the Minister […]