Independent report

FAWC advice on cattle inversion for religious slaughter

Farm Animal Welfare Committee assessment of the welfare implications of inversion of cattle for religious slaughter and recommendations for a retention of a ban on this practice.


FAWC advice on cattle inversion for religious slaughter

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FAWC’s advice identified consistent scientific evidence of significant welfare disadvantages of inverting cattle for slaughter. Cattle inversion is a direct cause of avoidable pain, distress and suffering during the animal‟s killing and related operations. Reinstatement of inversion would represent a major step backwards in legislation to protect cattle and other animals during slaughter.

FAWC recommended that the current UK legislation remain unchanged in this regard so that all cattle killed for human consumption are killed in the upright position only.

You can read more about the work of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee.

Published 12 April 2012