Maine Revised Statutes

§2521. Humane methods of slaughter

A method of slaughtering or handling in connection with slaughtering does not comply with the public policy of the State unless it is humane. Either of the following 2 methods of slaughtering and handling are humane: [1999, c. 777, §1 (NEW).]

1. Humane slaughter.  In the case of livestock, rendering animals insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective before they are shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast or cut; or
[ 1999, c. 777, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Ritual slaughter.  Slaughtering and handling in accordance with the ritual requirements of a religious faith that prescribes a method of slaughter whereby the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia of the brain caused by the simultaneous and instantaneous severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument.
[ 1999, c. 777, §1 (NEW) .]
1999, c. 777, §1 (NEW).