Mandatory clear labelling allows consumers to make informed choices.
Hundreds of millions of animals are being farmed for food each year in the UK, and eight out of ten UK shoppers have said that good animal welfare is an important consideration for them when shopping – but we believe food labelling is too confusing to allow consumers to make informed choices about which farming systems they want to support – or avoid supporting – when purchasing animal products.
Currently there are no legal requirements to label products with information on how animals farmed for food were reared, with the exception of whole eggs.
Until we have transparent labelling on all meat and dairy products, the following labels can give you clear information on the farming systems used. Look out for Soil Association Organic, Free Range and RSPCA Assured on a range of products; plus Outdoor Reared on pork, and Pasture Promise on dairy.
For more information view page 46 of ‘Animals Can’t Vote‘.
Stunned and Unstunned Meat
Non-stun slaughter affects millions of animals. We support the British Veterinary Association which is urging for an end to slaughter without stunning in the UK. We call on the Government for meat to be labelled with method of slaughter so consumers can make an informed choice.
EU and UK law requires all animals to be stunned before slaughter to render them insensible to pain. The law allows an exemption on the requirement to stun before slaughter for certain communities.
Meat from animals which have not been stunned comes onto the general market but does not have to be labelled. As a result, some consumers are unknowingly buying unstunned meat.
The Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation is calling on the Government to require such meat to be labelled “meat from unstunned animal” so consumers can make an informed choice when buying meat.