Animal Welfare News

EFSA: Poultry welfare at slaughter: hazards identified and measures proposed

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Recently EFSA has proposed measures to address the animal welfare hazards most commonly observed during the slaughter of poultry for food production and disease control. A comprehensive overview covers the entire slaughter process from arrival and unloading of birds through stunning to bleeding and killing. It identifies a number of hazards that give rise to welfare issues – such as pain, thirst, hunger or restricted movement – and proposes preventive and corrective measures where possible. Most of the hazards are the result of staff failings e.g. lack of training and skilled personnel. EFSA’s advice highlights the importance of staff being adequately trained in the different phases of slaughter and for clear identification of roles and responsibilities.

The new scientific opinions are the first in a series of updates on welfare of animals at slaughter requested by the European Commission. EFSA will publish further opinions in 2020 on pigs (March), cattle (June), and other species (December).

The reports are available at:
https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/5849
https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/5850

EFSA panel renewal 2018: animal health and welfare

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The Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) provides scientific advice on all aspects of animal diseases and animal welfare. Its work chiefly concerns food producing animals, including fish.

AHAW Panel Members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in:

Risk assessment, quantitative risk assessment, modelling
Microbiology and pathology (applied to infectious diseases of food-producing animals, including aquatic animals)
Epidemiology
Animal welfare
Animal production (husbandry, housing and management, animal transport and stunning and killing of animals)
Panel members

Register now on EFSA’s website www.efsa.europa.eu/ and prepare your application in advance so that you can submit it between 1 June and 8 September 2017.