Nominations sought for Humane Slaughter Award

The Humane Slaughter Award 2012 is now up for grabs, with applications and nominations now being received from around the world.

The award is organised by the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) – an independent charity that works through education, training, research and technical developments towards achieving high standards of welfare for food animals at markets, during transport and at slaughter.

It is now inviting applications for 2012 and is looking for significant advances in the humane slaughter of farmed livestock. It aims to help give recognition to important contributions and to help promote the pursuit of further advances.

The award is open to individuals or organisations, anywhere in the world, whose work has resulted in significant advances in the humane slaughter of farmed livestock, such as cattle, sheep, pigs, other mammals, poultry or fish.

Two awards were presented in 2011: to Dr Jeff Lines and John Ace-Hopkins for their research and development work in the pre-slaughter stunning of farmed fish.  

The HSA said it was keen to receive applications, or nominations of potential candidates from third parties, relating to advances in science or important technological developments that have led or are leading to advances in humane slaughter. The award is for £1,000 and the deadline or the receipt of applications or nominations is 16 December 2011.

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