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UK: Halal debate should focus on stunning, not labelling – BVA

By Alistair Driver

By Alistair Driver The recent debate over halal meat labelling was a distraction from the core issue of animals being slaughtered without pre-stunning, according to the head of the British Veterinary Association (BVA). BVA president Robin Hargreaves said he is ‘frustrated’ by the debate, sparked by stories that a number of supermarkets were selling unlabelled halal meat from animals slaughtered in New Zealand. “We got a tremendous amount of publicity, including the front page of the Times, which doesn’t happen very often,” he said. “But it was presented as a new policy, which it isn’t. The BVA has been calling…

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