Consultation start: 13 September 2012
Consultation end: 24 October 2012
This consultation invites views on proposals to implement Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, in England, with effect from 1 January 2013. Defra is seeking views on proposed measures to implement:
the legal obligations in Regulation 1099/2009;
national rules to maintain existing welfare standards where these are higher than those in Regulation 1099/2009;
criminal and administrative sanctions and penalties for breaches of Regulation 1099/2009 and stricter national rules.
Following consultation new domestic regulations, The Welfare of Animals at the time of Killing (England) Regulations 2012 (WATOK) will be laid before Parliament at the end of 2012 to implement and enforce Regulation 1099/2009 and to repeal and replace the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 (insofar as they apply to England), save for certain transitional provisions. The new domestic regulations will apply in England only. Separate implementing regulations will be made in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
You may comment on any aspect of the proposals.
How to respond
Anyone may reply to this consultation. Defra would like to hear from anyone with an interest, including people working in the slaughter industry, animal welfare organisations and the general public.
You can complete the survey on-line at:
This survey does not collect any personal data to enable us to identify the person or organisation responding.
Alternatively you can download and complete the consultation questionnaire (see link below)
Email responses should be sent to:
Please note that if you are responding on behalf of an organisation (such as a business, trade association, charity or non-governmental organisation) you should reply using the consultation questionnaire (below) if you want to ensure the name of your organisation appears in your response.
Written responses should be sent to:
Animal Welfare Team
Area 8B LMB
C/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square
Welfare at slaughter
The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 (as amended)
Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing
Meat Trade News Daily Supporting British Pig Farmers
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