Labour wants meat labelled to tell shoppers whether animals were stunned or not
Shoppers would gain the right to know whether meat has come from animals killed using Halal or Kosher methods under a Labour government, as part of a major package of measures to promote animal welfare.
All meat would be labelled to reveal whether the animal was stunned or not, as well as which country it came from and how it was produced.
Kosher meat produced in line with Jewish traditions, and some Halal meat produced according to Islamic traditions, comes from animals which are not stunned before they are slaughtered.
But some vets and animal welfare groups say this causes unnecessary suffering. Current UK law requires all other meat to be stunned before slaughter.
The labelling plan is just part of major package of laws to protect animal welfare, to be announced by Labour today.
Other proposed policies include:
Enshrining t he principle of animal sentience in law, to ensure it prevents practices that expose animals to cruel and degrading treatment.
Strengthening the Hunting Act to close loopholes that allow illegal hunting
Consulting landlords on giving tenants the default right to keep pets unless there is evidence the animal is causing a nuisance
Establishing an independent zoo inspectorate to draw up revised standards of animal welfare
A total ban on imports of Foie Gras, which is produced by force-feeding geese or ducks
Ending the badger cull. This involves killing badgers in an attempt to reduce the spread of TB to cattle, but there is disagreement about how effective it is
Requiring motorists to report accidents where an animal has been injured
Banning live exports of animals for slaughter or fattening and introducing mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses
Designi ng post-Brexit farm subsidies to move away from intensive factory farming and bad environmental practices
Prohibiting the third party sale of puppies and tackling puppy smuggling by reintroducing rabies testing before entry into the UK
Working with organisations like the Peopleâs Dispensary for Sick Animals to help pet-owners on low income get veterinary treatment
A comprehensive review of animal testing with a view to improving practice, limiting animal suffering and increasing transparency
Introducing a âblue beltâ to protect and enhance the marine environment around the UK and our overseas territories
Sue Hayman MP, Labourâs Shadow Environment Secretary, said: âOur vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding.â
Conservatives aid Labour were âplaying catch-upâ because the Government was already improving animal welfare, including by introducing tougher sentences for people who abuse animals, introducing mandatory CCTV into slaughterhouses, proposing a ban on ivory sales and banning microbeads to protect marine life.
Conservative MP Steve Double MP said: âLabour are belatedly playing catch-up with the huge progress made by this Government on animal welfare.
âHowever, Labour wouldnât even be able to deliver some of these promises because they want to keep following EU rules after Brexit.
âFrom introducing mandatory CCTV into slaughter houses to increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty ten-fold, the Conservatives will continue taking the action needed to ensure animals receive the proper protection they deserve.âSource: Google News