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Animal Welfare Decree (396/1996)
Chapter 11 - Slaughter and related procedures
Section 42 - Stunning
(1) When an animal is slaughtered it must be stunned before bleeding rapidly, efficiently and for a sufficiently long time. However, a poultry animal may be slaughtered by cutting its neck rapidly with a sharp instrument. (2) An animal to be stunned must be held or restrained in another appropriate manner so that an animal is spared all avoidable pain, distress, suffering, injury and bruising in the stunning. An animal to be stunned may not be hung before stunning, nor may its limbs be tied. A poultry animal or a rabbit may, however, be hung for stunning if the stunning can be performed in an appropriate manner and without delay.
(3) Stunning must be performed, depending on the animal species and as specified in further detail by the competent ministry, by a mechanical instrument which penetrates into the brain, by electric current or gas which stuns immediately, or by hitting the animal on the head by an appropriate instrument or by shooting an animal in the head.
Chapter 12 - Slaughtering method applied for religious reasons
Section 45 - General requirements
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions set down in section 42(1) above concerning the stunning of an animal before bleeding, if required by religious reasons bleeding may be started simultaneously with stunning, in compliance with the provisions of this Chapter.
(2) An animal may be slaughtered in a way set down in this Chapter only in a slaughterhouse or place of slaughter in the presence of the veterinary officer for meat inspection of the establishment.
Section 46 - Restraining an animal
(1) A bovine must be restrained by a mechanical device which is designed so that the animal is spared all avoidable pain, distress, suffering, injury and bruising. Otherwise the provisions of section 42(2) above apply to restraining an animal.
Section 47 - Stunning
(1) An animal must be stunned by a suitable stunning instrument referred to in section 42(3) simultaneously with the cutting of the jugular veins. However, a poultry animal may be slaughtered by cutting its neck rapidly with a sharp instrument.
Section 48 - Cutting of jugular veins
(1) The cutting of jugular veins may be performed only by an experienced person approved by the religious community concerned.
(2) Jugular veins must be cut as swiftly as possibly by a suitable sharp instrument.
(Source : finlex.fi)