Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (as amended)

Applies to EnglandApplies to WalesApplies to Scotland

Title: The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (as amended)

Category: England, Wales and Scotland Law

Date: 1995 (and amendments)

Reference: SI 1995/731 [Full text] (SI 1999/400 - England, Wales and Scotland [Full text], SI 2000/3352, SI 2001/3830 - England [Full text], SI 2001/145, SI 2002/238 - Scotland [Full text])

See also: An Explanatory guide to the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995

General Description:

These regulations are concerned with practices within a Slaughter House or Knackers Yard. For the purposes of these Regulations, a "slaughterhouse" is a place where commercial slaughter takes place for meat for human consumption. Therefore, any slaughter on a farm where the meat is intended for sale makes that farm a slaughterhouse and the appropriate requirements of the Regulations will apply.

Regulation 2(1) - defines the terms used in the Regulations.

Regulation 2(2) - states that "a person permits any act or omission if he knows of, or might reasonably be expected to know of that act or omission".

Regulation 3 - lists the applications and exemptions.

Regulation 4(1) - provides the general offence of causing avoidable excitement, pain or suffering (similar to "unnecessary pain or unnecessary distress " in the Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968).

Regulations 4(2) and 4(3) - require those engaged in movement, lairaging, restraint, stunning, slaughter or killing to be competent and slaughtermen to be licensed.

Regulation 5 - Requires a person in authority to be available to take whatever action necessary to safeguard the welfare of animals when live animals are on the premises at slaughterhouses and knackers' yards.

Regulation 6 - deals with knowledge and access to the slaughter Welfare Codes and instruction and guidance in them.

Regulation 7 - provides the power for the Agriculture Ministers to make Welfare Codes for use in conjunction with the Regulations.

The Regulations also deal with culling of animals and birds on the farm and slaughter or killing for private consumption. Specific provisions apply to slaughter or killing for disease control, killing of fur bearing animals and killing of embryos in hatchery waste and day old chicks. The following paragraphs briefly describe the various parts of the Regulations.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Livestock Health, Livestock Welfare, Livestock, Slaughter House

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