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Slaughter: facility guidelines and regulations

Synonym(s): Abattoir

Contributor(s): Temple Grandin, Miriam Martin, Lily Edwards-Callaway , Alessandro Seguino

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Introduction

  • Many factors can impact the welfare of cattle at the slaughter facility.
  • This article outlines current guidelines and regulations that set global standards for animal welfare at slaughter facilities.
  • Through well-trained animal handlers, internal auditing programs, and third-party verification, a systematic approach can be developed to ensure good animal welfare.

Slaughter facility handling guidelines and regulations

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Summary of Guidelines and Regulations

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Further Reading

Publications

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMed Resource.
  • Terlouw C, C Bourguet & Deiss V (2016) Consciousness, unconsciousness and death in the context of slaughter. Part II. Evaluation methods. 118 pp147-156.
  • Grandin T (2015) How to determine insensibility (unconsciousness) in cattle, pigs, and sheep in slaughter plants.

Other sources of information

  • Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (2017) Part 313-Humane Slaughter of Livestock. [online]. Available at: www.gpo.gov. Last accessed 16 August 2017.
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (2017) Part 313-Humane Slaughter of Livestock. [online]. Available at: www.gpo.gov.  Available at: www.fsis.usda.gov. Last accessed 16 August 2017.
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (2017) Part 313-Humane Slaughter of Livestock. [online] Available at: www.gpo.gov. Last accessed 16 August 2017.
  • Pig333 (2017) Brazil publishes the regulations for the humane slaughter of livestock. Available at: www.pig333.com. Available at: 1 August 2017.
  • OIE World Organization for Animal Health (2014) OIE Platform on Animal Welfare: Terrestrial Animal Health Code 7.5 Slaughter of Animals. [online] Available at: www.oie.int. Last accessed 3rd May 2018.
  • European Commission (2014) Slaughter and Stunning. [online] Available at: https://ec.europa.eu. Last accessed 1 August 2017.
  • European Food Safety Authority (2013) Monitoring Slaughter of Bovines. [online] Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com. Last accessed 21 September 2017.
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (2013) Key Facts: Humane Slaughter. [online] Available from: www.fsis.usda.gov. Last accessed 1 August 2017. 
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (2013) Ante-mortem Inspection. [online] Available at: www.fsis.usda.gov. Last accessed 16 August 2017.
  • European Commission (2012) EU Animal Welfare Strategy. [online] Available at: https://ec.europa.eu. Last accessed 1 August 2017.
  • Australian Meat Industry Council (2009) Industry Animal Welfare Standards- Livestock Processing Establishments. [online] Available at: www.amic.org.au. Last accessed 1 August 2017.


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