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 five 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 Team. She has a background as a veterinarian and has a PhD in ethology (animal welfare). Dorte 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.
Rikke Bonnichsen is a consultant in the Animal Welfare Team. She holds a MSc degree in Agricultural Science focusing on production animals. Rikke has practical experience of working with pigs at farm level and a long experience of working with animal welfare legislation and related politics. She has knowledge of animal behaviour, handling, feeding, killing and slaughter.
Joanna Klaaborg is a business manager in the Animal Welfare Team. She has a MSc degree in Animal Science along with practical experience of working with pigs at farm level and in slaughterhouses. Joanna conducts courses in poultry handling and carries out welfare and meat quality assessments of the handling at slaughterhouses in Denmark and abroad.
Lars Ole Blaabjerg has a lifelong experience of working with animal welfare and pre-slaughter handling of animals for slaughter in respect of transport, lairaging, and stunning. Lars conducts courses in livestock handling and carries out quality assessments of the 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.