Welfare during handling, transport and slaughter

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The European Union (EU) “Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals” (2012 -2015) seeks to improve how Europe’s 2 billion broilers, egg-laying hens and turkeys, and 300 million cows, pigs, goats and sheep, are housed, fed, transported and slaughtered. It is not entirely clear how this will be achieved as not all member states implement the same welfare standards. The International Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) set up an international working group on Animal Welfare in 2002. Guidelines for humane slaughter and transport are laid down in the Terrestrial Animal Code (Chapter 7). Humane codes for handling, managing and transporting livestock and farmed deer have also been published by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) of the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF).

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Prof Cheryl McCrindle

Emeritus Professor: Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and Extraordinary lecturer, School of Health Systems and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa