• Funding awarded

    Funding awarded

    The practice of non-stun slaughter, particularly of sheep, is increasing in the UK and is associated with significant welfare concerns. The HSA has awarded a grant to establish a framework for permitting “demonstration of life” to Halal certification bodies for use in UK abattoirs

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  • Fish welfare at slaughter

    Fish welfare at slaughter

    Billions of farmed finfish are slaughtered for human consumption. The most common methods of slaughter expose them to substantial suffering. Find out more about why fish welfare is important and what steps you can take to help

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  • Welfare of Pigs at Slaughter

    Welfare of Pigs at Slaughter

    Find out more about one of the current projects that the charity is undertaking to find a potentially more humane way of stunning pigs using a Low Atmospheric Pressure System (LAPS). Pig (Credit MFarish/SRUC)

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  • Funding awarded
  • Fish welfare at slaughter
  • Welfare of Pigs at Slaughter

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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