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Articles on stunning

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3.    General

Traditional and religious slaughter methods

The Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee recognises the right of groups and communities to religious freedom and to practice their customs as protected by the South African Constitution.  When such practises and customs involve the slaughter of animals for whatever purpose, we believe that the methods used must be reasonable, humane and in harmony with current internationals concepts of animal welfare.  It is incumbent on all groups and communities to ensure that their slaughter practices cause the least possible degree of distress, pain and suffering, and that these practices should be modified where necessary to meet the goals of animal welfare while conforming to the spirit of the religious or customary practice in use.

Livestock Welfare issues to be considered with livestock predator control

The Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee recognises the problems and sensitivities that surround the issue of controlling damage- causing animals that prey on livestock and strongly recommends that there should be a balanced, sustainable approach which causes the least amount of harm and suffering.  However we must emphasize that the process of predation can involve severe pain and suffering to affected livestock and that this aspect of predator control must be taken into account when deciding on the necessity or acceptability of measures that are used.  Covering only the welfare of wild animals, or ecological concerns, is not enough.  The welfare of livestock that can be severely maimed in the process of predation must be give equal consideration.

Electronic version of Bull and Boar stunning guidelines

At the May or August 2010 meeting of the LWCC, RMAA presented a very useful guideline on correct techniques to stun large bulls and boars for slaughter.  We would like to put this on our website.  If this is acceptable, I request that you send an electronic version for easier placement.  We can acknowledge you as the source unless you prefer to be anonymous.