06 April 1999
Government reviews animal welfare at slaughter

By FWi staff

THE governments animal welfare advisers are to undertake a major review of the welfare of livestock at slaughter.

The review, by the Farm Animal Welfare Council, will cover the welfare of all animals from the time of arrival at the place of slaughter until death.

The study aims to determine what effect recent developments in technology and slaughterhouse design have had on animal welfare standards.

The study will relate to slaughterhouse premises but will also take account of on-farm slaughter and slaughter in knackers yards.

It will exclude the loading, collection, and transportation of animals to the slaughterhouse and all slaughterhouse operations subsequent to death.

The council has launched a consultation exercise and has invited views from the farming and slaughter profession.

The topic of welfare at slaughter was last studied in the mid-1980s.