Animal welfare policies and human rights in the context of slaughter procedures

Bozzo, Giancarlo, Barrasso, Roberta, Ferorelli, Davide, Gassi, Vito, Russo, Roberto and Celentano, Francesco Emanuele (2021) Animal welfare policies and human rights in the context of slaughter procedures. Agriculture, 11 (442). pp. 1-11. ISSN 2077-0472

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Abstract / Description

Human rights, such as to non-discrimination and freedom of religion, are internationally recognized. In the meantime, the so-called global animal law is becoming more and more important. In this context, religious slaughter is increasingly becoming a matter for debate as a number of special procedures, which avoid stunning methods, may lead to greater suffering for animals. Such procedures are common to Judaism and Islam and involve 25% of the global population, almost 2 billion people. Considering that about 94% of European public opinion in 2015 expressed concern over animal welfare, it is time to evaluate the legal perspective of these special treatments. Indeed, although they seem to violate animal welfare policies, at the same time states have a duty to uphold religious freedom (and its forms of expression) under International and European law. The aim of this study is to evaluate, through a multidisciplinary approach, the complex balance between human rights in general and animal welfare policies, which are gaining importance especially in the European Continent’s legal framework.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: religious freedom; animal welfare; slaughter procedures; Council of Europe; European Union
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 08:47
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 08:47


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