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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.

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.

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.