Slaughtering pigs in a humane way

Margit Dall Aaslyng

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Slaughtering pigs in a humane way

In Denmark, the handling of pigs at the slaughterhouse is optimised with respect for the animal. Try to follow the route from the truck to the bleeding process.

During unloading, the pigs are allowed to walk voluntarily to the pen. A well-designed slaughterhouse allows the pigs to be driven by their natural curiosity. The handler uses a paddle to further encourage the pigs to move.Video af opstaldning

The lairage pen is divided into small sections. After 10-20 min, most of the pigs are relaxed.

The pigs are driven up to the stunner by automatic push-hoist gates in the same groups as in the lairage. The natural behaviour of the pigs is used to encourage the pigs to move forward. A slight incline on the floor, no dark passages and room for the pigs to move forward.

Moving together in a group into the light of the stunner reduces stress.