Consultation outcome

Amendments to The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 (WASK)

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Summary of responses

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Original consultation

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Summary

This consultation sought views on a proposal to make changes to The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 (WASK).

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Letter

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Consultation document

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List of consultees

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Impact Assessment

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Draft SI

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Consultation description

This consultation sought views on a proposal to make changes to The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 (WASK) to:

  • permit the use of a biphasic carbon dioxide gas mixture to kill poultry in slaughterhouses;
  • extend the range of birds which may be killed on-farm by gas mixtures; and
  • extend the time limit for bringing a prosecution under WASK.

These measures will improve birds’ welfare by providing a more humane alternative to the use of electric waterbaths in slaughterhouses and wringing birds’ necks on farms, which can be less humane.

As legislation on welfare at slaughter is a devolved matter any changes would apply in England only.