Since 2007, our work to promote humane slaughter in Brazil and China has helped more than eight billion animals.
Supporting humane slaughter
Millions of farm animals face unnecessary stress and suffering before and during slaughter – because workers lack the expertise, skills and technology to ensure humane treatment. So we work with food companies, governments and scientists in Brazil, China and Indonesia to encourage humane slaughter. And our work with partners is helping vets in Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines introduce humane slaughter too.
To reduce animal suffering, we offer straightforward, practical advice and training to help companies and governments to take action.
Humane slaughter: our solution
Changes made in slaughterhouses following our training include:
Use of humane handling techniques
Pre-slaughter stunning, which stops animals feeling pain
Correct use of stunning and restraining equipment
Handling pigs in groups to reduce stress on individual animals
Installation of blue lamps to calm poultry
Use of non-slip floors and low-angle ramps to stop animals falling and getting injured.
To make sure change lasts, we:
Help companies introduce policies and guidelines on humane slaughter
Call for legislation and codes of practice on humane slaughter
Work with vet schools to introduce teaching on humane slaughter.
Most importantly, humane slaughter is better for animals – but it also has economic benefits.
Benefits for business
A five-year study of our humane slaughter training found that abattoirs earned a better reputation by using humane methods, helping them compete globally. Staff morale improved too. And because fewer animals were injured, fewer carcasses were bruised – improving meat quality. In one slaughter plant in Brazil, 63% fewer animals were bruised following our training.