UK death toll; September 2018

93 million, 339 thousand+ animals slaughtered.

230 thousand+ cattle.

1 million, 239 thousand+ sheep.

870, 000+ pigs.

91 million+ poultry.

Does not include animals exported for killing.

CCTV in slaughterhouses; Industry sticking two fingers up to FSA

Despite CCTV being mandatory in English slaughterhouses, the Food Standards Agency has confirmed that seven per cent of abattoirs still have “no CCTV system in place”.

It also added that an unconfirmed number “were in the process of complying”.

The deadline for operators to have systems up and running was November 5th.

The Food Standards Agency has stated in response;

“Perhaps they’re not fully compliant at this very minute, but [if] they’re showing a plan to install CCTV and become compliant in the future, therefore, there would be no enforcement action needed to be taken right now”.

Scotland for Animals is concerned, but not surprised, by this development.

It is further indication of a situation that we have been drawing attention to for a long time, that when it comes to enforcement the meat industry is calling the shots.

If you’re in England contact your MP and ask them to ensure that the Food Standards Agency demands immediate compliance with the law.

To support mandatory, independently monitored abattoir CCTV in Scotland visit our campaign page.

Aberdeenshire Council planning to gas rabbits

**UPDATE**

Regarding below Council has postponed killing.

They’ve stated that “this work will still have to take place, so this is a postponement to examine any realistic alternatives.”

We welcome any breathing space for the animals. This is, however, a carefully worded statement that still causes us concern.

They also go on to add that the issue “has to be addressed quickly” which means things need to be watched closely.

Should management be necessary we hope that the authority will allow consultants with experience in non-lethal solutions to construct and implement any plan of action.

 

 

URGENT*

Please contact Aberdeenshire Council and ask them to cancel their plans to slaughter rabbits next Tuesday.

The authority claims that the animals are damaging gravestones at a cemetery in Inverurie so must be exterminated.

The plan is to fill tunnels with poison gas and seal entrances/ exits leaving them trapped to die.

The substance to be used, aluminium phosphide, has been shown to cause severe pain and discomfort.

Aberdeenshire Council appear to be favouring the cheap and nasty option.

While we have every sympathy with relatives visiting the graves of loved ones we believe that non-lethal methods should be employed, if indeed removal is necessary at all.

Perhaps proper investment in maintenance at the site would be more effective.

You can make your views known by contacting the Council HERE

We know you will but please keep all contact polite and informative.

Scotland for Animals will be happy to advise the Council regarding options.

Let government know your views on fireworks

The Scottish Government has announced that it’s “keen to hear the public’s views on the impact of fireworks and action we could take to improve the situation”.

Scotland for Animals would like to see;

1) A ban on the public sale of fireworks.

2) A ban on the discharging of fireworks without a licence.

3) Only licensed displays using reduced noise devices.

4) Criteria for any licence should recognise potential impact on animal welfare.

Let them know that the situation merits urgent action; scottish.ministers@gov.scot

The creep of unstunned slaughter continues

Lancashire County Councillors have recently voted to end the supply of unstunned meat to schools.

SfA commends those who supported this move.

We’re concerned however that the ban only applies to “non-poultry” products which means meat from chickens slaughtered while conscious will still be fed to kids.

Worth noting, as they go to great lengths to solicit the animal rights/ welfare vote, that the Green Party Councillor voted to keep unstunned meat on the menu.

The non-stun industry is playing fast and loose with the law, and the ones with the power to act are turning a blind eye.

We can’t allow hard won welfare improvements to be nullified by the back door. Visit our unstunned slaughter campaign page to take action.

Let’s face up to the meat crisis

Scotland for Animals has long called for curbs on the pushing of meat here and UK wide.

We campaign for a complete end to the ‘rearing’ and slaughter of animals. While we wait for this, we believe inevitable, conclusion SfA also focuses on harm reduction via reduced consumption and improved welfare.

We believe that one slaughtered animal is too much. We’re also realists.

We don’t have the right to refuse support for moves to make the suffering even just less intense, while waiting for the proper solution which may be some way down the road.

We’re not the ones being marched into slaughterhouses.

We welcome the rise in acceptance that meat causes harm. The new report from a team at Oxford is proposing a tax on red meat, and it’s gaining traction.

Meat’s bad news. It’s bad news for animals, it’s bad news for people and it’s bad news for the environment.

The Scottish Government is at this minute pledging to take “decisive action on public health” by cracking down on sweeties, ginger and biscuits.

SfA think they should tackle the real issue.

The government consultation on ‘reducing health harms of foods’is open now, it closes in January 2019.

Go here to let them know that they need to stand up to their mates in the industry and face up to the meat crisis.

UK death toll. August 2018.

UK death toll.

August 2018.

90 million, 724 thousand+ animals slaughtered.

227 thousand+ cattle.

1 million, 428 thousand+ sheep.

969 thousand+ pigs.

88 million, 100 thousand+ poultry.

Not including animals exported for killing.

Unstunned slaughter; European Court of Justice to make ruling on organic labelling

The European Court of Justice will soon make a decision on allowing meat from animals slaughtered without stunning to be labelled organic.

An ECJ Advocate General has advised that inclusion of the slaughter method does not contravene regulations.

The court usually goes with Advocates’ opinion. This is one to watch as it would authorise the infliction of severe and deliberate suffering under organic production laws.

Scotland for Animals and the public across the UK have led the campaign against the constant creep of unstunned slaughter. The big, well financed groups need to find their bottle and start acting too, now, before it’s too late.

Live exports; Motions at Holyrood

On the issue of live exports a motion is being presented to Holyrood asking the Scottish Government to ban the trade.

We welcome Colin Smyth MSPs support for an end to sending animals for fattening/ slaughter. We also note that this motion is an improvement on confusing statements made regarding the situation by some MSPs previously.

While we commend the sentiment behind Mr Smyth’s initiative Scotland for Animals’ interpretation of legislation is that, as a trade matter, live exports is not devolved.

We feel that as a result any support by MSPs for a ban, via a vote for example, would be purely symbolic.

This is not to say however that we do not support this as we believe that it would expose the politicians who support the continuation of live exports, of whom there are many.

Further, regarding the motion’s mention of “Scotland’s reputation for high animal welfare standards” in the sector, this reputation is not supported by reality.

Both the SNP and Scottish Conservative groups at the UK parliament appear to be on the whole against any moves to make the trade illegal. They actually do have the potential to throw a spanner into any legislation and prevent an end to this cruel situation.

We would ask that our supporters back Mr Smyth’s moves to shine a spotlight on this shameful industry but, more importantly, concentrate on demands that our MPs vote to support a ban at Westminster.

You can quickly contact your MP by clicking here

Please also give your support to our friends at Kent Action Against Live Exports