Authority for Justice and Consumer Protection

Exemption for slaughtering animals without stunning.

Granting of an exemption for slaughter without stunning (slaughtering) where it is necessary to meet the needs of members of certain religious communities.

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Authority for Justice and Consumer Protection
Veterinary Affairs
Billstraße 80a 20539 Hamburg

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S2/S21 Rothenburgsort, Busse 120/122/124/130/160/224/530 Rothenburgsort

Important notes


  • Slaughtering without anesthetic is absolutely necessary to comply with religious rites or dietary regulations.
  • In addition, there are a number of other requirements that must be met, such as requirements for the slaughterhouse or the butcher's expertise.

Documents required

The written application for slaughter must contain the following information:
  • name and address of the applicant,
  • Name and address as well as information on the expertise of the persons who carry out the slaughter,
  • Information on the group of people for whom the slaughter is to be carried out (e.g. religious communities, individuals),
  • Description of the religious regulations for slaughter,
  • type and number of animals to be slaughtered,
  • slaughter period,
  • place of slaughter,
  • devices used for slaughter,
  • whereabouts of the flesh,
  • Declaration that the meat will only be given to people who have to comply with mandatory religious regulations for slaughtering,
  • Description of the religiously prescribed slaughtering process and
  • Information on how animal protection regulations are observed during the slaughtering process.

Please note

Slaughtering without anesthetic must be absolutely necessary to comply with religious rites or dietary regulations.


The application must be made before slaughter without stunning

Procedure & Fees


  • Written Application
  • Verification of information and expertise
  • decision

Processing time

The processing time depends on the testing effort and is at least 4 weeks.


The fees are calculated according to the actual effort.

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