Animal welfare at the time of slaughter
In Denmark national legislation concerning ritual slaughter of animals with and without previous stunning is in force. However, for the time being, ritual slaughter without previous stunning is not carried out in Danish slaughterhouses. It is not allowed to perform ritual slaughter of ratites.
It is a condition for ritual slaughter of animals, that the slaughter takes place at a slaughterhouse.
Ritual slaughter with previous stunning
In Denmark all ritual slaughter of animals at slaughterhouses is performed with previous stunning at the moment.
Ritual slaughter without previous stunning
If animals, except poultry, are slaughtered without previous stunning, the slaughtering must be performed at a slaughterhouse with permanent veterinarian meat inspektion, it must be supervised by an official veterinarian and the animals must be mechanically restrained in a proper way.
If ritual slaughter of poultry (except ratites) takes place without previous stunning, it must be supervised by an official veterinarian and the animals must be manually restrained from the time of the neckincision to the time of death.
If ritual slaughter of cattle without previous stunning should take place it additionally implies restraint of the animal in an upright position in an adjustable box, in which the head and the body are fixed as gentle as possible, from the time of incision of the blood vessels to the time of death. Ritual slaughtering of cattle without previous stunning also implies stunning of the animal with a captive bolt pistol immediately after the neckincision, in order to avoid unnecessary excitement, pain and suffering.