ANIMAL protection agencies are awaiting with some anxiety the publication of a new set of recommendations governing the slaughter of farm animals for meat.
Reason for the concern is that one key recommendation being demanded by welfare groups is that all animals should be stunned before slaughter - which potentially clashes with strongly held religious beliefs held by Jews and Muslims.
The report from the Farm Animal Welfare Council is expected tomorrow (June 10) but the pressure group Compassion in World Farming is already demanding changes to the way that kosher and halal animals are killed.
This, says CWF, could relieve the unnecessary suffering of 800 million animals worldwide every year. But many observers fear that these crunch decisions will be ducked by Government in the present political climate to avoid stirring up even more extremist behaviour from Middle East based fundamentalists.