Home Slaughter

Guidance on home slaughter is available from the Food Standards Agency (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website.

Home Slaughter Of Livestock: A Guide To The Law In Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Although it may appear from the guidance that home slaughter under specific circumstances may appear to be legal it is important to be aware of the dangers of consuming uninspected meat and offal.

When animals enter the abattoir they are inspected by a vet prior to and after slaughter in order to identify any possible risks to human health. Only meat that is examined certified fit for human consumption will enter the food chain.

Risks from consuming uninspected meat include the hydatid parasite which, if ingested, which could have serious consequences on human health.


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