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Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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6.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), no person shall suspend, or cause or permit to be suspended, any animal before stunning or killing.

(2) The prohibition in sub-paragraph (1) shall not apply in the case of birds which may be suspended for stunning or killing provided that—

(a)no bird is suspended in such a manner as to cause it avoidable pain or suffering;

(b)appropriate measures are taken to ensure that, at the point of being stunned or killed, the bird is in a sufficiently relaxed state for stunning or killing to be carried out effectively and without undue delay; and

(c)no bird is suspended for more than 6 minutes in the case of a turkey or 3 minutes in other cases before being stunned or killed.

(3) For the purposes of this paragraph, any animal which is held in a restraint system is not regarded as being suspended.

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