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Revision of guidance for Home Slaughter of Livestock in England and Wales

England and Wales specific

Consultation seeking stakeholders' views for revised FSA guidance on how to comply with the law in relation to the home slaughter of livestock.

Last updated: 10 August 2020

Summary of responses

What is the subject of this consultation?

Revised FSA guidance on how to comply with the law in relation to the home slaughter of livestock.  “Home slaughter” is the slaughter of a livestock animal by its owner on their property for their own personal consumption or that of members of their immediate family living there.

The Guidance ‘Home Slaughter of Livestock – A guide to the law in England and Wales’ has been updated, primarily to reflect the changes to the animal welfare rules in Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, allowing the slaughter of animals to be undertaken by a competent person on behalf of the owner on the owner’s property, for private domestic consumption. 

What is the purpose of this consultation?

To seek stakeholder views on clarity of the updates to the revised guidance and our assessment of the impact of this revision. 

In particular, we would welcome stakeholder views on whether:

  • The guidance provides sufficient information to aid compliance with the law?
  • Best practice advice in the guidance is clearly identified?
  • The guidance is clear and easy to follow?
  • Our assessment of the impact of the updates is sufficient

Who will this consultation be of most interest to?

  • Livestock owners considering slaughter on farm for their own personal consumption (including members of their immediate family living there)
  • Licensed slaughtermen providing home slaughter services
  • Local Authority enforcement officers

Consultation pack

England and Wales

Views and comments

Please send any comments and views to:


Tel: 07554 223229  


Or by post:

Food Standards Agency

6th Floor

Clive House

70 Petty France



Publication of response summary

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Further information

This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.