The Slaughter of Farmed Animals

Practical Ways of Enhancing Animal Welfare

March 2020
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  • ISBN 9781789240573
  • Language English
  • Pages 272 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

From philosophical and ethical views on the slaughter of farmed livestock, to the intensely practical guidelines that need to be put in place to maximize animal welfare, this book provides a balance between evidence-based, scientific studies and down to earth practical advice. An important publication for government and private industry managers, veterinarians and animal welfare practitioners who will be implementing improvements in the humane slaughter of livestock throughout the world.

Key Points:

  • Evidence-based and scientifically sound yet highly practical in its advice
  • The book covers highly controversial issues such as the tradeoffs between balancing animal welfare concerns with commercial realities as well as religious slaughter and cultural differences in attitudes.

1. Can Slaughter be Humane? -- Michael Cockram
2. Tradeoffs, Balancing Animal Welfare Concerns with Commercial Reality at Slaughter -- Temple Grandin
3. Condition of animals on arrival at the abattoir and their management during lairage to avoid suffering -- Michael Cockram
4. Methods of Reducing Death Losses, Bruises, and Injuries to Poultry Arriving at the Abattoir
5. Bruises on Livestock and Methods to Prevent Them -- Helen Kline, Colorado State University and Mateus de Costa
6. Principle of Livestock Stockmanship and Abattoir Facility Design -- Temple Grandin
7. Stunning Poultry with Controlled Atmosphere Stunning
8. Stunning of Pigs -- Temple Grandin
9. Basics of Captive Bolt Stunning of Cattle and Other Animals -- Temple Grandin
10. Auditing Animal Welfare and Continuous
Assessment of Handling, Stunning, and Slaughter Practices -- Temple Grandin
11. Religious Slaughter and How to Improve Welfare -- Temple Grandin and Erika Voogd
12. Determining When the Animal is Unconscious after Stunning or Religious Slaughter -- Temple Grandin
13. The Physiology of the Brain and Determining Insensibility and Unconsciousness -- Claudia Terlouw, France
14. The Importance of Careful Preslaughter Handling to Improve Meat Quality in Cattle, Pigs, and Sheep -- Temple Grandin
15. The Conflict Between Animal Welfare and Commercial Concerns About Meat Damage
16. The Use of Abattoir Data to Provide Information on the Welfare of Livestock and Poultry on the Farm and During Transport -- Temple Grandin and Michael Cockram
17. Approaches to Legislation and Enforcement to Minimize Welfare Issues Associated with Slaughter -- Michael Cockram
18. Ethics of Slaughter

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin's work includes design of animal handling systems, research on livestock behavior, and auditing animal welfare. She has visited 26 countries and has served on the OIE animal welfare ad hoc committee for slaughter. Her previous livestock books are: Livestock Handling and Transport, Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals and Humane Livestock Handling. Her popular press books on animal behavior have been both U.S. and international bestsellers. Throughout her career, Dr. Grandin has worked to combine scientific research results with practical application in the field. In North America, half the cattle are handled in equipment she designed for meat plants. She has received awards for her work on animal welfare from both the livestock industry and animal welfare NGO's. She has awards from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The American Meat Institute, American Society for Animal Science and the Humane Society of the U.S.

Michael Cockram

Michael Cockram teaches at the University of Prince Edward Island.

animal welfare, livestock, farm, meat industry