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HCO Animal Welfare Policy

The HCO holds animal welfare in high esteem; this is consistent with the teachings of Islamic as laid down in the Holy Quran and Hadith. We operate a zero tolerance approach to any form of avoidable fear, suffering or distress to animals destined for the halal food chain. We pride ourselves as a Halal certification body with trained veterinarians and animal welfare scientists who have technical eyes to detect any lapses in animal welfare before and during Halal slaughter. The HCO works with Food Business Operators (FBOs) to identify and highlight any critical stages in pre-slaughter handling, restraint and slaughter of animals in order to conduct risk assessment aimed at eliminating all forms of avoidable pain and distress to animals destined to the halal food chain. The HCO has a comprehensive animal welfare standard, all HCO certificated abattoirs must operate in accordance with this standard in order to protect animal welfare during Halal slaughter. In addition, the HCO, in association with the FBO will identify animal handlers and slaughterers who require training in animal handling and slaughter techniques, this training will usually be delivered by technical staff of the HCO. The HCO regularly organises courses to cover the following areas :

  • The requirements of European Council Regulation, EC1099/2009

  • The relevant domestic regulations (e.g. WATOK 2015 in England)

  • Animal handling and restraint

  • The science of slaughter and death

  • Food safety and HACCP

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