Shechita UK presented at the annual Public Policy Exchange Event entitled ‘Testing Times for Animal welfare: raising standards at the time of slaughter’ at the Grange Wellington Hotel. Discussion focused on the Government’s move to install compulsory CCTV in abattoirs to safeguard animal welfare, which has now been formally passed.

Campaign Director, Shimon Cohen, took part in a panel discussion alongside Hannah Brown, Solicitor at the UK Center for Animal Law, John Fishwick, President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), Peter Stevenson, Chief Policy Advisor for Compassion in World Farming, Isobel Hutchinson, Animal Aid and Stephanie Young, Lead Officer of Animal Health, Chartered Standards Institute

The Shechita UK presentation aimed to challenge many of the assumptions that bans within Europe had been enacted for animal welfare reasons, but rather, often motivated by population control. The presentation also looked to dispel many of the myths around mechanical stunning. Commenting on the day, Shimon Cohen, said: “Once again, we have stated our case in favour of religious slaughter and sought to clarify the myths amongst industry experts”.