• Save the Date

    Save the Date

    The HSA International Conference

    'Livestock Welfare during Transport, Marketing & Slaughter'

    will be held on 30 June & 1 July 2022 in Edinburgh, UK

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  • HSA Statement - Pig cull in the UK

    HSA Statement - Pig cull in the UK

    The HSA is concerned by reports that a cull of pigs in the UK may be necessary because of problems in the abattoir sector which have limited its capacity to slaughter pigs. An on-farm cull poses significant potential challenges to animal welfare

    Read the full statement
  • Nominations now open

    Nominations now open

    The HSA seeks to recognise significant advances in the welfare of livestock through its Humane Slaughter Award.  Nominations for this prestigious accolade are now open. Closing date 10 December 2021

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  • Save the Date
  • HSA Statement - Pig cull in the UK
  • Nominations now open

The Humane Slaughter Association

The HSA is an independent registered charity. It is the only UK charity concerned exclusively in promoting the humane treatment of all food animals worldwide, including cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, fish and minority species such as deer, in markets, during transport, at slaughter, and killing for welfare reasons and disease control.

It works through research, education, training and technical advances to bring real, practical and lasting improvements in food animal welfare.

Please support the HSA 

HSA’s work relies on your support. Please help us to continue our vital work by clicking on the boxes below and making a donation.

£20 will help us to fund essential research aimed at improving animal welfare beyond the farm gate

£50  enables us to provide hands on education in humane methods of handling and slaughter to improve animal welfare


You can view an introduction to the HSA and its work below.



Below you can view a video that provides information about the welfare of farmed fish at slaughter and explains how consumers can make choices to improve finfish welfare. To view this video in other languages, please see HSA Publications webpage

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