The Ministry of Agriculture has made changes to the rules for slaughtering animals and veterinary sanitary examination of meat. The corresponding order of the Ministry of Agriculture No. 818 on amendments to the current rules is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information.
The changes relate to the preparation of animals for the slaughter process.
Thus, paragraph 13 of the veterinary rules effective from September 1, 2022 states: “Animals are slaughtered in ways that do not cause stress in animals and ensure humane treatment of animals.” The new order of the Ministry of Agriculture excluded the words “not causing stress in animals” from this paragraph. As the authors of the amendments explained, this was done to reduce the costs of farmers.
When discussing the draft amendments, animal rights activists spoke out against such changes. The public organization “Voices for Animals” applied to the Ministry of Agriculture with a proposal to reduce the level of suffering of farm animals during slaughter. Social activists put forward their own project of changes, according to which it was proposed to painlessly deprive animals of consciousness before slaughter.
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