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Volume 33: debated on Thursday 2 December 1982

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will implement paragraph 37 of the summary of recommendations of the Farm Animal Welfare Council report on the welfare of poultry at the time of slaughter.

All veterinary surgeons are professionally bound to ensure the welfare of animals, and official veterinary surgeons in poultry slaughterhouses are no exception. The Government will shortly be publishing their proposals for action in response to the Farm Animal Welfare Council report, and will include proposals for encouraging local authorities—who are responsible for enforcing the legislation on welfare in slaughterhouses—to recognise the responsibilities of the official veterinary surgeon in this respect.