Humane slaughter body open to scholarship applications

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is inviting applications for scholarships worth up to £2,000.

The 2015 Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships support students and trainees undertaking research projects aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during transport, in markets or at slaughter. HSA said undergraduate and postgraduate students in agricultural, veterinary or meat sciences, or trainees in the livestock, meat and fish industries in the UK, are eligible, as well as students registered at universities outside the UK that have a UFAW/HSA University ‘LINK’ person.

The scholarships were established in 1986 to commemorate the late Dorothy Sidley MBE, general secretary of the HSA for 48 years.

The HSA added that applicants are encouraged to design research projects in areas they are particularly interested in. It is also making some suggestions for research areas including: possible refinements to electrical stunners used in small-scale poultry slaughter; the constraints to the adoption of higher welfare methods of stunning around the world; and the effect of cattle breed temperament on welfare in abattoirs.

The closing date for applications for the 2015 Scholarships is 27 February 2015. Further information and application forms are available at the HSA website (www.hsa.org.uk)

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