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The Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (Scotland) Regulations 2012

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5.—(1) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph 7, no person may stun a large bovine animal in a slaughterhouse unless at the time it is stunned it is confined in a stunning pen or in a restraining pen which (in either case) is in good working order.

(2) No person may use, or cause or permit to be operated, any shackle line unless—

(a)each bird suspended from it is kept clear of any object which may cause it avoidable excitement, pain or suffering, including when its wings are outstretched, until it is stunned;

(b)it is possible to—

(i)relieve any avoidable excitement, pain or suffering when a bird suspended from a shackle appears to be in that condition; or

(ii)remove the bird from the shackle;

(c)the speed at which the shackle line is operated is such that any act or operation intended to be performed in relation to, or on, any bird suspended from it can be performed without undue haste and with proper regard for the welfare of the bird; and

(d)there is ready access to the shackle line and its controls.

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