24 May 1996

HSA cash initiative

A TWO-PRONGED initiative to improve the slaughter of poultry on farms and Christmas turkeys at live auction markets was promoted by the Humane slaughter Association at last weeks fair.

The HSA is inviting poultry markets to apply for a £1500 award to establish a free slaughter service for buyers of live birds at their market. This follows the HSA initiative last year to offer a free slaughter service at Melton Mowbray Christmas Poultry Sales.

The HSA also reckoned there was no adequate and humane mechanical device for killing small numbers of turkeys and geese on farms. It canvassed views on what equipment was needed to slaughter birds and how much they would be prepared to pay for it. &#42