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Challenging Religious Privilege

MEPs vote in favour of labelling meat from religious slaughter

Members of the European Parliament Environment Committee have today voted in favour of an amendment to food labelling legislation that would ensure meat from slaughter without pre-stunning is accurately labelled.

A press release issued by the Committee stated: “Meat labels should indicate where the animal was born, reared and slaughtered. In addition, meat from slaughter without stunning (in accordance with certain religious traditions), should be labelled as such”

Last week the NSS contacted MEPs on the committee urging them to support the amendment, tabled by Dutch MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, which restores the European Parliament’s position at first reading. The amendment was later dropped by the Council of Ministers.

The amendment will now be voted on in the Plenary session of the European Parliament in July. If it is adopted there, then the Council of Ministers can either agree or reject it. If they reject it, the amendment goes to conciliation.

Stephen Evans, Senior Campaigns Officer at the National Secular Society, said “Consumers surely have a right to information about the method of slaughter of the meat they buy, particularly as it is likely to influence their purchasing decision. We remain opposed to the exemptions given to religious groups from welfare legislation, but as long as such exemptions exist, accurate labelling is the least consumers deserve.

“We now urge all supporters of labelling of unstunned meat from religious slaughter to contact their MEPs ahead of the vote in July requesting that they support any legislative changes that require meat and meat products from animals slaughtered without pre-stunning, to be clearly labelled as such.”


Please Write to your MP and MEP requesting that they support any legislative changes that require meat and meat products from animals slaughtered without pre-stunning, to be clearly labelled as such.

To inform your letter, read our campaign page on religious slaughter

Published Tue, 19 Apr 2011