Sweden is the only EU country that does not allow the killing of animals without the use of an anaesthetic. Photo: Toby Talbot/Scanpix.
Sweden critical of EU animal slaughter practices

Sweden demands tighter marking of unaestheticized slaughter meat

Sweden will demand that all meat that comes from animals that have been killed without being put under an anaesthetic first be specially marked. 

This will be put forward when the EU's agricultural ministers meet in Brussels next week, Swedish Radio News reports.

Sweden is the only EU country today where the slaughtering of animals without using an anaesthetic is not allowed. It is allowed in other countries to provide for those whose religious beliefs require them to eat meat from animals that have not been put under an anaesthetic.

A report published by the EU commission shows however, that 75 percent of animals in countries like Belgium and France do not use an anaesthetic before slaughtering animals for meat. This figure does not correspond to the demands of the population who require this according to the guidelines of Judiasm and Islam.

Sweden's minister for rural affairs, Eskil Erlandsson, says that the demand for specially marking this meat is so that Swedish consumers can be aware of their choice, and can avoid buying it if they wish.

Sweden will also suggest implementing stricter controls on this matter in the EU.

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