EU approves new rules for animal slaughter
The rules take effect in 2013.
European farm ministers have given their approval to new rules to lessen the suffering of animals during slaughter, Morning Star reported.
Slaughterhouses will be required to include animal welfare in their design, monitor techniques for stunning before slaughter and ensure the animals are unconscious when they are killed.
The law also requires all staff at the abattoirs to be trained and certified. An animal welfare officer will also be appointed. The rules take effect in 2013.