Assessment of stun quality at commercial slaughter in cattle shot with captive bolt

@article{Atkinson2013AssessmentOS,
  title={Assessment of stun quality at commercial slaughter in cattle shot with captive bolt},
  author={Sophie Atkinson and Antonio Velarde and Bo Algers},
  journal={Animal Welfare},
  year={2013},
  volume={22},
  pages={473-481}
}
Cattle may suffer pain and distress if incorrectly stunned. Regular monitoring of stun quality in abattoirs is now required by EU law. This study aimed to assess stun quality in cattle slaughtered under commercial conditions. A stun protocol was developed to evaluate when inadequate stunning occurred. This included rating of identified symptoms into three levels from highest to lowest risk for inferior animal welfare. Stun to stick interval times, shot accuracy, repeat shots, and stun quality… Expand
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