Animals feel the pain of religious slaughter – science-in-society – 13 October 2009 – New Scientist

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Animals feel the pain of religious slaughter – science-in-society – 13 October 2009 – New Scientist.

Animals feel the pain of religious slaughter

Brain signals have shown that calves appear to feel pain when slaughtered according to Jewish and Muslim religious law (Image: Alex Segre / Rex Features)

Brain signals have shown that calves appear to feel pain when slaughtered according to Jewish and Muslim religious law (Image: Alex Segre / Rex Featu

Brain signals have shown that calves do appear to feel pain when slaughtered according to Jewish and Muslim religious law, strengthening the case for adapting the practices to make them more humane.

“I think our work is the best evidence yet that it’s painful,” says Craig Johnson, who led the study at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Johnson summarised his results last week in London when receiving an award from the UK Humane Slaughter Association. His team also showed that if…

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