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

A message from our friends at Say No To Wallyford Track


For the first time ever, DEFRA have forced The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) to publish statistics on an annual basis with regard to death, injury and rehoming numbers of greyhounds racing in the UK. These figures were released in March for 2017 and make stark reading.

From approximately 14000 dogs racing on the tracks last year, 1013 were killed and 4837 were injured. That’s officially! Greyhounds PTS included 257 trackside, 267 designated as unsuitable for rehoming and 326 because of treatment costs or poor prognosis. Thousands of greyhounds are bred each year to cater for 5000 dogs required each week for BAGS racing which is streamed direct to bookies each afternoon from stadiums which are devoid of spectators. Every dog raced is ‘paid’. Sky TV have recently declined to renew their contract with GBGB and will no longer show greyhound racing on their channels.

At present the only GBGB licensed track in Scotland is Shawfield in Glasgow and an unlicensed ‘flapper’ track at Thornton in Fife. Only licensed tracks are included in the statistics. It is unknown how many dogs were killed or injured at Shawfield as there is no requirement for statistics for individual tracks to be produced. We believe this is wrong as Animal Welfare is a devolved power in Scotland.

Unbelievably, in March 2017 planning consent was eventually given which will enable the construction of a new stadium at Wallyford, East Lothian. The public are becoming more aware of the cruelty and abuse in greyhound racing and in a progressive 21c Scotland we should not be condemning more greyhounds to a life of misery where they can be locked up in kennels for up to 23 hours a day and face injury or death each time they are raced. If you agree that animals in Scotland should not be abused for gambling revenue, please sign our petition.

PLEASE write to your MSPs and ask them to look into what appears to be reluctance to apply existing animal welfare laws when it comes to greyhound racing. Also ask for statistics for Scotland to be published separately and demand a complete ban on the industry.

Go here, pop in your postcode and send your message.

We’re aware of moves at minute to possibly reform legislation relating to ‘performing’ animals. Animals used during sporting events, including greyhounds, are currently not included.

While we’re working for a ban this could be a chance to at least better scrutanise the industry. We’ll keep you updated.

Let’s lead the way for the rest of the UK!

Thank you!

UK death toll. February 2018

UK death toll

February 2018

90 million, 200 thousand animals+ slaughtered

219 thousand cattle+

1 million, 76 thousand sheep+

905 thousand pigs+

88 million poultry+