HC Deb 26 January 1978 vol 942 c738W
Mr. Body

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he has any estimate of the number of goats being killed annually in accordance with Moslem ritual; and whether he is satisfied with the arrangements made for their slaughter.

Mr. Strang

My Department does not collect information on the number of goats slaughtered. The relevant legislation, in particular the Slaughterhouses Act 1974, gives local authorities adequate powers to ensure that, whatever the method used, unnecessary suffering is not inflicted on slaughter animals.