She­chita is ‘painful’ way to kill

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY ROBYNROSEN

A PRO­FES­SOR has won an award for a study which claims that an­i­mals do feel pain when slaugh­tered un­der the laws of she­chita.

Dr Craig John­son was hon­oured by the Hu­mane Slaugh­ter As­so­ci­a­tion (HSA) last week.

Dur­ing the awards in Lon­don, Dr John­son, of New Zealand’s Massey Uni­ver­sity, dis­cussed his study, pub­lished in the New Zealand Ve­teri­nary Jour­nal, which claimed that cat­tle, slaugh­tered without stun­ning, ex­pe­ri­enced pain.

Dr James Kirk­wood, chief ex­ec­u­tive of HSA, said: “This work pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant sup­port for the value of stun­ning an­i­mals prior to slaugh­ter to pre­vent pain and dis­tress, and the HSA hopes that it will help to change at­ti­tudes to the im­por­tance of stun­ning.”

But a She­chita UK spokesman said that the cut to the throat dur­ing she­chita is so quick that the an­i­mal loses con­scious­ness vir­tu­ally im­me­di­ately.

He said: “She­chita is in­stan­ta­neous, and due to the im­me­di­ate drop in blood pres­sure and [oxy­gen star­va­tion] of the brain, the an­i­mal loses con­scious­ness within two sec­onds.

“It con­forms to the stat­u­ary def­i­ni­tion of stun­ning, a process which causes the im­me­di­ate loss of con­scious­ness which lasts un­til death.”

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