New guidelines to improve the welfare protection of animals being transported for slaughter, devised in Paris last week, have been welcomed by the RSPCA.
The agreement between 167 member countries of the World Organisation for Animal Health would “specify the need for a responsible authority and acceptable methods of slaughter”, and included the outlawing of electric goads.
The RSPCA hailed it the first ever global standard for animal welfare, setting minimum standards for the live transport and slaughter of animals for
food or disease control. David Bowles, head of external affairs at the RSPCA, said: “This is a real step forward, particularly in the many countries where no welfare standards or laws exist.”
Ben Bradshaw, Defra minister for animal welfare, said it would “greatly reduce the risk to the welfare of animals posed by their transport or slaughter”.