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European legislation demands that slaughter animals, including poultry, be rendered immediately unconscious and insensible until death occurs through blood loss at slaughter. This study addressed requirements for stunner settings (i.e., voltage, wave oscillation frequency) and response parameters...

Author(s)
Hindle, V. A.; Lambooij, E.; Reimert, H. G. M.; Workel, L. D.; Gerritzen, M. A.
Publisher
Poultry Science Association, Savoy, USA
Citation
Poultry Science, 2010, 89, 3, pp 401-412
Abstract

This book contains 17 chapters that discuss commercial poultry production systems and their main welfare challenges; the effects of hatchery practices on the welfare of poultry; rearing young birds for adaptability; electrical stunning of poultry; gas and low atmospheric pressure stunning; welfare...

Author(s)
Mench, J. A.
Publisher
Woodhead Publishing, Duxford, UK
Citation
Advances in poultry welfare, 2018, pp xix + 385 pp.
Abstract

Broilers in the United States are typically electrically stunned using low voltage-high frequency (12-38 V, ≥400 Hz) DC or AC water bath stunners. In the European Union, however, broilers are required to be electrocuted using high voltage-low frequency (50-150 V, 50-350 Hz) AC. Low voltage stunned ...

Author(s)
Bourassa, D. V.; Bowker, B. C.; Zhuang, H.; Wilson, K. M.; Harris, C. E.; Buhr, R. J.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Citation
Poultry Science, 2017, 96, 9, pp 3495-3501
Abstract

Broiler stunning is conducted to produce a rapid onset of insensibility prior to slaughter. Though most broiler plants use electrical stunning applications, gas stunning, and low-atmosphere pressure stunning are also available for commercial applications. All three of these stunning methods are...

Author(s)
Joseph, P.; Schilling, M. W.; Williams, J. B.; Radhakrishnan, V.; Battula, V.; Christensen, K.; Vizzier-Thaxton, Y.; Schmidt, T. B.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
World's Poultry Science Journal, 2013, 69, 1, pp 99-112
AbstractFull Text

These proceedings presents papers from the RSPCA Australia Animal Welfare Seminar held in Canberra, Australia last 22 February 2018. This one-day seminar outlined innovations and research on the theme "Ensuring a Humane Death for Farm Animals" and includes the following topics: humane slaughter: a...

Publisher
RSPCA Australia, Deakin West, Australia
Citation
Ensuring a Humane Death for Farm Animals, RSPCA Australia Animal Welfare Seminar 2018, 22 February 2018, Canberra, Australia, 2018, pp 22 pp.
Abstract

Carbon dioxide stunning of broilers is not permitted in Germany. However, the competent authority can license a system for testing, during which scientific evaluation with regard to animal welfare is required. Between 2004 and 2011 several aspects of three systems have been evaluated in Germany and ...

Author(s)
Holleben, K. von; Wenzlawowicz, M. von; Eser, E.
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2012, 21, Suppl.2, pp 103-111
Abstract

Fractures occurring in conscious broiler chickens are painful and severely compromise animal welfare. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of pre-slaughter handling procedures on the frequency of wing fractures. Wings were examined for fractures in 11,609 broilers, from 12 different ...

Author(s)
Kittelsen, K. E.; Granquist, E. G.; Vasdal, G.; Tolo, E.; Moe, R. O.
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2015, 24, 4, pp 387-389
AbstractFull Text

Electrical waterbath stunning is the most common method used in commercial slaughterhouses. After shackling the birds' heads are immersed into the electrified waterbath, causing the current to run through the head and body, thus inducing unconsciousness. Operating costs and space requirements are...

Author(s)
Prinz, S.
Publisher
World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA), Beekbergen, Netherlands
Citation
World Poultry Science Association, Proceedings of the 19th European Symposium on Quality of Poultry Meat, 13th European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products, Turku, Finland, 21-25 June 2009, 2009, pp 1-8
Abstract

This chapter provides a summary of the latest electrical stunning methods for poultry in relation to EU and OIE legislature concerning animal welfare at killing. These are evaluated in relation to animal welfare, effectiveness, efficiency, esthetic consideration of the operator, skill requirements, ...

Author(s)
Lambooij, B.; Hindle, V.
Publisher
Woodhead Publishing, Duxford, UK
Citation
Advances in poultry welfare, 2018, pp 77-98
AbstractFull Text

The objective of stunning animals before bleeding is to induce unconsciousness, which lasts until the animal dies. The exact rules are described by the European Union in the regulation No 1099/2009 from the 24th of September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing. The stunning...

Author(s)
Bourin, M.; Bignon, L.; Terlouw, C.
Publisher
Institut Technique de l'Aviculture (ITAVI), Paris, France
Citation
12e Journées de la Recherche Avicole et Palmipèdes à Foie Gras (JRA-JRPFG 2017), 5 & 6 avril 2017, Tours, France, 2017, pp 409-417

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