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The Legal Regulation of Non-stun Slaughter: Balancing Religious Freedom, Non-discrimination and Animal Welfare

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posted on 2021-02-25, 09:07 authored by Joe Wills
In February 2019, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) published a joint open letter to the British Government calling for a repeal of a legal exemption that permits the slaughter of animals without prior stunning. The RSPCA and BVA argue that repealing the exemption is required on grounds of animal welfare, claiming that non-stun slaughter causes unnecessary pain and suffering. By contrast, Islamic and Jewish groups assert that non-stun slaughter, when properly conducted, is both humane and a religious requirement for least some followers of their faiths. This article considers whether imposing a ban on non-stun slaughter is compatible with obligations to protect religious freedom and non-discrimination under the European Convention of Human Rights. It will conclude that it can be and, when done to protect animal welfare, falls within Contracting States’ margin of appreciation.

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Liverpool Law Rev 41, 145–171 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10991-020-09247-y

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School of Law

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Liverpool Law Review

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41

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2

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145 - 171

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Springer Science and Business Media LLC

issn

0144-932X

eissn

1572-8625

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2020

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2020-05-28

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en

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