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The application of humane slaughterhouse practices to large-scale culling

Author(s) : A. Gavinelli, T. Kennedy & D. Simonin

Summary :

Mass culling is a strategy used in the management of infectious disease outbreaks. The risk of disease spread due to animal transportation often precludes the use of slaughterhouses for this purpose, though they have been used on occasion. Consequently, culling takes place in the less-than-standardised environment on the farm. Regardless of where the cull occurs, the methods chosen to handle and kill the animals must preserve their welfare. This paper attempts to apply the best welfare practices from the controlled environment of the slaughterhouse to the mass culling of ruminants, pigs and poultry. It investigates the key welfare challenges and identifies astute planning executed by competent personnel as a crucial success factor.

Keywords
Abattoir – Competence – Culling – Disease – Epidemic – Humane killing – Killing – Monitoring – Personnel – Planning – Restraint – Slaughterhouse – Welfare.

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