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    Assessing cattle welfare at slaughter – Why is it important and what challenges are faced?

    Citation

    Wigham, E, Butterworth, A & Wotton, S, 2018, ‘Assessing cattle welfare at slaughter – Why is it important and what challenges are faced?’. Meat Science, vol 145., pp. 171-177

    Abstract

    The welfare of animals in the meat industry, especially at the time of slaughter, has become an area of increasing public scrutiny and has prompted research on its assessment, and enhancement. Fundamental factors such as the effects of transport, reactions of the animals to novel environments and underlying commercial pressures which impose ‘speed’ and ‘robustness of action’ in the way animals are handled, can pose a challenge when establishing a valid, reliable and feasible welfare assessment protocol for use at slaughter. The purpose of this review is to assess published work on animal welfare at slaughter, with a focus on the current methods used to assess cattle welfare in the slaughterhouse, which are outlined in the scientific and trade literature, and how these relate to the interaction between the environment, the animal, and slaughterhouse personnel.

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