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Eurogroup for Animals, Slaughter without stunning – October 2020

Survey of adults across 24 EU Member States about their views of how animals should be slaughtered in the EU


·       92% of EU citizens agree that countries should be able to adopt additional measures that ensure higher animal welfare standards.

·       89% of EU citizens agree that it should be mandatory to make animals unconscious before they are slaughtered.

·       87% of EU citizens agree that the European Union should require all animals to be stunned before being slaughtered, even for religious reasons.

·       80% of EU citizens agree that the European Union should prioritise funding for alternative practices for slaughtering animals in humane ways that are also accepted by religious groups.

Date Published: 08/10/20

Client: Eurogroup for Animals


Eurogroup for Animals and its member organisations commissioned Savanta ComRes who interviewed 23,126 adults online between 30 September to 7 October 2020 across 24 of the 27 EU Member States: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Czechia, Sweden, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, Ireland, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia. The 3 smallest EU Member States (Cyprus, Malta, Luxembourg) were excluded since it was unfeasible to conduct research among robust sample sizes in these countries. Data were weighted to be representative of the EU by each country’s relative population size and its demographics by age, gender and region.

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