DMRI has a long tradition of working with animal welfare. We have developed several technological solutions that have improved the welfare of the animals for slaughter, such as handling slaughter pigs in groups and providing identification without tattooing. Our efforts were recognised in 2015, when DMRI received the prestigious Humane Slaughter Award.
The animal welfare team at DMRI consists of four dedicated people who work together with 120 other specialists to improve the welfare of animals on the day of slaughter.
Dorte Schrøder-Petersen, is the team manager of the Animal Welfare group. She has a background as a veterinarian and has a PhD in ethology (animal welfare). She has practical experience with animal production from prior jobs in clinical practice and at abattoirs (meat inspection). Furthermore, she has a long experience of working with animal welfare and related politics, as she has worked as a special veterinary adviser in the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark
Joanna Klaaborg has practical experience with pigs at farms and in slaughterhouses. She has knowledge of pig behaviour, handling, physiology, feeding, killing and slaughter.
Lars Ole Blaabjerg has lifelong experience working with animal welfare and pre-slaughter handling of animals for slaughter in respect of transport, lairaging and stunning. Conducts courses in livestock handling and carries out Quality Assessment due to handling.
Peter Vorup has worked with animal welfare for more than 25 years of the 30 years of employment at DMRI. The majority of the work consisted of practical implementation of experiments regarding transport and lairage including measurements of various parameters.