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Comparison of religious slaughter of sheep with methods that include pre-slaughter stunning, and the lack of differences in exsanguination, packed cell volume and meat quality parameters

By M. H. Anil, T. Yesildere, H. Aksu, E. Matur, J. L. McKinstryt, O. Erdogan, S. Hughes, C. Mason

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UK legislation requiring pre-slaughter stunning has certain exemptions for religious slaughter. Supporters of both Muslim (Halal) and Jewish (Shechita) slaughter methods claim that the efficiency of the bleed out is adversely affected by stunning. In this study, electrical stunning followed by neck cutting, and captive bolt stunning followed by neck cutting, were compared with the Muslim slaughter method (neck cutting without stunning) in sheep. Total blood loss and percentage blood loss, expressed as a percentage of live weight, were calculated and compared between groups. In addition, the time taken to reach 25

Date 2004
Publication Title Animal Welfare
Volume 13
Issue 4
Pages 387-392
ISBN/ISSN 0962-7286
Language English
Author Address Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS18 7DY, UK.
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal slaughter
  3. Animal welfare
  4. British Isles
  5. Color
  6. Commonwealth of Nations
  7. Developed countries
  8. Electricity
  9. Electronarcosis
  10. Europe
  11. Food quality
  12. Great Britain
  13. Hematocrit
  14. Hydrogen
  15. Mammals
  16. Meat.
  17. Meat production
  18. Methodologies
  19. Methods
  20. OECD countries
  21. peer-reviewed
  22. Religions
  23. Sheep
  24. slaughter
  25. Social psychology and social anthropology
  26. stunning
  27. United Kingdom
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