HC Deb 25 May 1950 vol 475 c290W
133. Mr. Cooper-Key

asked the Minister of Food whether he is aware that there is a large section of the public who are concerned at the conditions under which animals are slaughtered in slaughterhouses; and whether he will make the necessary regulations to stop the method of electric stunning and direct that the use of captive bolt humane killer is made compulsory.

Mr. Webb

I would like to assure the hon. Member that everything possible is done to avoid unnecessary suffering to animals killed in our slaughterhouses; but I know of no reason to stop the use of the electric stunner, which is permitted under the Slaughter of Animals Act, 1933.