East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight is calling for an end to animals being slaughtered without pre-stunning.

Mr Knight said, “This unacceptable practice is rife and is even used in cases when the customer does not require it. The Government should take action?”

In the Commons, Mr Knight pointed to remarks by Professor Bill Reilly, the ex-president of the British Veterinary Association, who has said it is “unacceptable” to slit the throats of cattle, lambs and chickens to produce halal meat without first stunning them. Mr Knight asked the Leader of the House, Sir George Young, for a debate on the matter in the House of Commons.

Sir George replied, “There is some evidence that the incidence of non-stunning exceeds that required for religious reasons” and he added that the Government currently have “the matter under review”.

Mr Knight said, “A small number of people require animals to be slaughtered in a specific way for religious reasons but most people would be appalled if they learnt that they were unwittingly consuming meat from animals that had their throats slit without any pre-stunning. This matter needs urgent attention from the Government.

Back in 2010 the House of Commons authorities revealed, in response to a question from Mr Knight, that they had previously served ritually slaughtered halal meat to Members of Parliament without their knowledge.

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