Shoppers ‘should have choice’

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The RSPCA is calling on South Holland residents to contact MEPs urging them to add their signatures of support for clearer labelling so shoppers know how their meat was killed.

A Written Declaration (WD) has been tabled in the European Parliament calling for compulsory method of slaughter labelling on meat and poultry products where the animals have not been pre-stunned.

If method of slaughter labelling becomes a requirement within the EU, it will provide consumers with clearer information about how animals are treated at the end of their life.

South Holland has several abattoirs in the district supplying meat to butchers and supermarkets.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “We would rather see all animals pre-stunned before they are killed.

“However, consumers have the right to choose whether or not they wish to buy meat from animals slaughtered without pre-stunning.”

Readers who would like to contact their MEPs about this issue, should visit www.rspca.org.uk/labelling