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Veterinary Students’ Perception and Understanding of Issues Surrounding the Slaughter of Animals According to the Rules of Halal: A Survey of Students from Four English Universities

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Original languageEnglish
Article number293
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Early online date30 May 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 27 May 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 May 2019
DatePublished (current) - Jun 2019


The objective of this study was to evaluate the perception and level of understanding of religious slaughter issues, and the regulations governing the process, amongst veterinary students in England. A total of 459 veterinary students in different levels, or years of study (years 1-5), were surveyed. On whether there is a need for food animals to be stunned prior to slaughter, the majority of respondents 437 ( 95.2%) indicated that they would want all animals to be stunned before slaughter, including during religious slaughter, 17 (3.6%) either did not have an opinion or indicated ‘other’ as their preferred option and 5 (1.1%) indicated that religious slaughter should be exempt from stunning in order to comply with traditional religious values. The results showed a significant association between respondents’ year of study and i) their understanding of UK animal welfare (at slaughter) regulations, ii) their recognition of stunning as a pain abolishing procedure and iii) the likelihood of them wittingly purchasing and consuming meat from animals that have been stunned prior to slaughter, and also classified as Halal.

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  • Animal welfare, Stunning, Religious slaughter, Veterinary students, Halal meat

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