In the document’s introduction, Batten says UKIP is “determined to protect our freedom of speech and the right to speak our minds without fear of the politically correct thought police knocking on our doors”.
This is what the new manifesto says about Animal Welfare:
"When we have left the EU, we will be able to end the export of live animals for slaughter – an inhumane practice made possible by EU legislation. UKIP would end the export of live animals for slaughter."A Ban on Ritual Slaughter
UKIP will ban all ritual non-stun animal slaughter in the UK, making it the first major British party to call for such a move.
Animals slaughtered according to the Islamic rules of halal or the Jewish rules of Kosher are not allowed to be stunned in any way before slaughter, causing intense suffering.
The manifesto reads:
“The general population is already consuming ritually slaughtered, non-stunned meat unknowingly and by default because its use is now commonplace in schools, restaurants, works canteens etc.The policy is backed by leading animal rights organisations including the RSPCA, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and even the Government’s Farm Animal Welfare Committee.
“Killing animals without first rendering them unconscious causes unnecessary suffering. The percentage of non-stunned meat is at least 25% of the total, if not more.
"Current UK law states all animals must be stunned prior to slaughter – unless it is for a religious purpose. UKIP will repeal the law allowing exemptions for ritual non-stun slaughter.
“This is an animal welfare issue and we should all abide by the same laws. Legislation banning non-stunned slaughter already exists in some European countries, for example, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
"Those wishing to eat non-stunned slaughtered meat can continue to do so as World Trade Organisation rules allow the importation of such meat; but UKIP would require this meat to be clearly labelled, so that consumers may make an informed choice."