§ Lord Northfield
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether deer may legally be ritually slaughtered in England and Wales, bearing in mind the provisions of the Slaughterhouses and the Food and Drugs Acts and the relevant orders and regulations.
§ Lord Belstead
Yes. The welfare provisions of the Slaughterhouses Act 1974 do not apply to deer, but the slaughter of all captive deer by any method is subject to the Protection of Animals Act 1911, under which it is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering.