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Publication - Professor Toby Knowles

    Veterinary Students’ Perception and Understanding of Issues Surrounding the Slaughter of Animals According to the Rules of Halal

    A Survey of Students from Four English Universities

    Citation

    Fuseini, A, Grist, A & Knowles, TG, 2019, ‘Veterinary Students’ Perception and Understanding of Issues Surrounding the Slaughter of Animals According to the Rules of Halal: A Survey of Students from Four English Universities’. in: Human and Animal Sensitivity: How Stock-People and Consumer Perception Can Affect Animal Welfare. MDPI AG, pp. 88-96

    Abstract

    Veterinarians play a vital role in safeguarding the welfare of animals and protecting
    public health during the slaughter of farm animals for human consumption. With the continued
    increase in the number of animals slaughtered for religious communities in the UK, this study
    evaluates the perception and level of understanding of religious slaughter issues by veterinary
    students at various stages of their studies. The results showed a significant effect of the year of study
    on respondents’ understanding of the regulations governing Halal slaughter and other related issues.
    Whilst the prevalence of vegetarianism and veganism were higher than the general UK population,
    the majority of respondents were meat eaters who indicated that they prefer meat from humanely
    slaughtered (pre-stunned) animals, irrespective of whether slaughter was performed with an Islamic
    prayer (Halal) or not.

    Full details in the University publications repository