Current law in Wales requires animals to be stunned before slaughter - rendering them insensible to pain until death supervenes.
Prior to Brexit, under Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009, Wales was able to implement exemptions for certain communities wishing to observe religious practices. In Wales, these exemptions were set under the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (Wales) Regulations 2014, for slaughter by the Jewish method (Shechita) and by the Muslim method (Halal).
Scientific evidence suggests that non-stun slaughter compromises animal welfare and as a result RSPCA Cymru is opposed to the continuation of these exemptions on animal welfare grounds.
One abattoir, out of 23 in Wales, currently undertakes animal slaughter utilising non-stun methods.
RSPCA Cymru is calling for legislation to be brought forward to end these exemptions. A petition, supported by the British Veterinary Association, calling for an end to non-stunned slaughter in Wales gathered thousands of signatures. Members of the Senedd have also previously shown support for the RSPCA's campaign on this issue.