The Sustainable Food Trust hosted a session on re-localising farm animal slaughter at the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018.

Richard Young (SFT Policy Director), Bob Kennard (SFT Policy Advisor), Paddy Hoare (Fir Farm) and Phil Stocker (National Sheep Association), addressed the worrying decline in smaller abattoirs in the UK.

Our new report, A Good Life and a Good Death: Re-localising farm animal slaughter, looks at the reasons for this decline and makes recommendations for action.

The SFT is calling on the Government to:

  • Make a clear statement of support that it recognises the vital importance of smaller abattoirs, and make this a matter of practical policy across all government departments and agencies;
  • Work constructively with interested parties to make possible the use of mobile and small static red meat abattoirs for on-farm slaughtering;
  • Set up a task force with joint government, industry and consumer representation, to establish why small abattoirs are closing and propose innovative and practical solutions to ensure their survival.

To find out more, you can watch the full session here.

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