2014 Autumn - Farmers fare well with better animal welfare

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FPJ1101D - Grandin, T (2014) - Making Slaughterhouses, More Humane for Cattle, Pigs, and Sheep

FPJ1101D - Grandin, T (2014) - Making Slaughterhouses, More Humane for Cattle, Pigs, and Sheep, Farm Policy Journal, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 9-31, Autumn, Surry Hills, Australia.

When a stunning method is being evaluated, it is essential that the animal-handling and restraint methods that are used with it are also examined. This makes it possible to determine the effect of the entire system on animal welfare. Cattle, pigs, and sheep will move easily through the races at a slaughter plant if visual distractions such as reflections on shiny metal, dangling chains, moving equipment, or people up ahead are removed. The most important scientific research on captive bolt, CO2, and electrical stunning methods is reviewed. A common mistake made by people evaluating insensibility is to misinterpret reflexive leg kicks as a sign of return to sensibility. When religious slaughter is being evaluated, the variable of how the animal is restrained must be separated from the variable of slaughter without stunning. Slaughter can be done with a high level of animal welfare.

 

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