HSA creates disease control slaughter guide

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has published a new online guide, which covers the humane killing of livestock during disease control operations. 

Featuring input from experts, the guide is aimed at the veterinary profession, slaughter personnel, farm staff, livestock handlers and government agencies, the guidance – with illustrations – is intended for the global industry. 

The guide covers a variety of species from neonates to adults, the various methods of humane killing of livestock, protocols and types of equipment available, as well as providing examples of best practice and information on risk assessment for both the operator and animal welfare.

Charles Mason, technical director of the HSA, said: “This guide pulls together a wealth of information and materials into one resource and has been made readily available to enable easy access worldwide to this information for high animal welfare standards that may otherwise be difficult to obtain.” 

The guide can be found at www.hsa.org.uk/diseasecontrol.  HSA staff are currently working on plans to develop interactive multi-media options for the HSA online guides.

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