This dossier aims to help Competent Authorities and other stakeholders with issues related to welfare of pigs at the time of stunning and killing.
The dossier is based on EURCAW-Pigs’ “Review on pig welfare in slaughterhouses around the time of stunning and bleeding”. Three key areas relevant for pig welfare immediately related to stunning and killing are highlighted: (1) Handling, i.e. moving into the stunner and restraint for the purpose of stunning, (2) Stunning, i.e. electrical stunning and CO2 stunning, for the purpose of rendering animals unconscious, and (3) bleeding, for the purpose of killing.
- Review on pig welfare in slaughterhouses around the time of stunning and bleeding (version 1.0), EURCAW-Pigs, 2021
- Thematic factsheet on pig welfare in slaughterhouses at stunning and bleeding, EURCAW-Pigs, 2021 (forthcoming)
- Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing
- Scientific Opinion on the welfare of pigs at slaughter, EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare, EFSA Journal, 18(6):6148, 113 pp., 2020
Each EURCAW-Pigs dossier addresses the following 5 items: ‘Legislation', ‘Welfare indicators’, ‘Knowledge’, 'Inspiring examples' and 'Training courses'.