animal rights

Three out of four cattle killed without pain relief

A new report by the European Commission indicates that up to 75 percent of all cattle in the EU are killed without pain relief, causing unnecessary suffering, reports Swedish Radio News.

Previous estimates put the figure at just five to ten percent, and Green Party MEP Carl Schlyter says he is shocked at the numbers. Many of the animals are first drained of their blood before dying, and a growing share of the 75 percent are made up of animals killed according to the rules for kosher and halal meat, but Schlyter says much is also due to cost-cutting measures at slaughterhouses.

The Swedish government wants to introduce labelling on meat so consumers can see whether cattle have been killed humanely, but they have so far failed to get a decision passed by the Council of Ministers.