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Privacy Statement

Humane Slaughter Association

Please read this privacy statement to understand how we collect and use your personal data.


The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is a charity registered in England No 1159690: Charitable Incorporated Organisation.  Our registered office is The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8AN, UK.

In line with data protection laws, the charity recognises its legal obligations relating to how it collects, stores and processes personal information. HSA does not sell or exchange supporters’ details with any other organisation for their own purposes. We only share data with processors working on HSA’s behalf. We respect your privacy and value your support and interest in improving animals’ lives.

This privacy statement sets out the basis on which personal data provided to HSA by supporters, members, customers and grant applicants, or which HSA collects from you, will be processed, as well as how we will use and treat that data.

How does HSA collect my information?

When you give information to HSA directly
You may give us information about yourself by responding to HSA communications, filling in forms on our website ( or by corresponding with us by phone, email or otherwise. This includes information you provide when you enquire about our activities, make a donation to HSA, become a member, register for an event, place an order on our website and if you report a problem with our website.

Membership applications ask for some additional voluntary information such as occupation, interest in animal welfare, and membership of other organisations.  Providing this information is optional and if you choose to provide it we may use it to inform our Council (Board of Trustees) and to allow HSA to identify individuals who have specific expertise which may be of use to the Council such as identifying members who may be invited to join or provide advice to the Council.

When HSA collects information indirectly
If you provide your personal information to an independent fundraising site and indicate that you wish to support HSA, they may share your information with us for this purpose.

Website cookies
A cookie is a small piece of text sent to your browser by a website you visit. It helps the site remember information about your visit, which can make it easier to visit the site again and make the site more useful to you.

We use cookies on this website. For more details please see our Cookie Notice.

How does HSA use personal information?

Personal information may be used by HSA for the following purposes.

Purposes for processing personal information

Lawful basis for this processing

To provide you with the services, products or information you asked for

Contract – We need to use your data to provide these services to you in line with a contract or agreement

To administer your donation, including processing gift aid

Contract – We need to use your personal information to provide these services to you in line with a contract or agreement

To keep a record of your relationship with us

Legitimate interests – we may need to use your data to help us deal with any enquiries you may raise

To manage your marketing preferences. If you have given us your consent we may contact you about our events and other relevant information

Consent – if you have agreed to receive these communications from us

To manage charitable activities such as meetings, administration of grants and publications and run the UFAW/HSA Links initiative

Legitimate interests – these are legitimate activities which require the use of personal information

Keeping you updated on our work

We believe that it is important to keep our members and supporters updated about how your support is making a difference to our work. When you provide your details to us, we will normally ask if you agree to receive these communications.

You can change your preferences at any time by emailing us at We also provide the opportunity to ‘unsubscribe’ in our emails.

If you provide your postal address HSA may send you correspondence by post about our work, unless you have told us that you do not wish to receive such information.

Supporters who have donated over a number of years and who have provided a donation in the last two years will be sent certain information by post about our events, grants and related activities, unless you choose to opt-out.

If you purchase an item of merchandise supporting the charity, you will be sent a brochure for two years after a purchase, unless you choose to opt out.

Keeping your personal information safe

We take the protection of your personal information very seriously and we take appropriate steps to ensure your personal data is stored in a secure environment to prevent any unauthorised access.

Sharing of personal information

We sometimes use external service providers to process personal data on our behalf and when we do so we have appropriate agreements in place to ensure your information is protected. Any data transfers between us and external service providers are conducted by secure means.

HSA is sometimes required to disclose your details to the Police, regulatory bodies or legal advisors for specified lawful purposes.

HSA may transfer personal information outside the EU when it is necessary for the administration of its scientific activities (eg to administer grants, meetings, etc).

How long will HSA keep my personal information?

HSA will keep your personal information for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity. Information about our members may be stored indefinitely for legacy and administrative reasons.

Contact information, for receipts of information about charitable activities and support, will be stored for seven years and then destroyed.

Information provided in grant application forms will be kept for 10 years for the purposes of recording charitable activity and to allow for review of funding decisions. Application forms for grants which received funding will be retained for 10 years following the end of the grant. Paper copies of unsuccessful grants will be destroyed after seven years. 

Information provided for meetings/symposia registration will be used by the charity for the purpose of administering meetings and will be deleted after seven years unless held for other purposes (eg membership records).

Changing your communication preferences

If you wish HSA to stop processing your personal data, and if it’s not necessary for the purpose you provided it to us for (eg, processing your donation or registering you for an event) we will do so. You can review your information, ask us to stop contacting you, and amend your details at any time by contacting HSA – see our contact details below.  We will action your request without delay and within one month.

Your right to complain

HSA aims to provide its members and service users with the best possible service. Your continued goodwill is greatly valued by us and would expect to resolve any difficulties or complaints informally and as quickly as possible. However, if you feel that the processing of personal data relating to you infringes the law, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Contacting HSA

If you wish to contact HSA to obtain information about our work, to amend your preferences or to ask HSA to stop sending you information you can contact us by:

·       Email –

·       Telephone – +44 (0)1582 831919

·       Post – HSA, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8AN, UK. Please mark your correspondence for the attention of the Administration Office

·       Online – you can fill in an online consent form to notify us of or update your communication preferences (

Changes to this Privacy Statement

HSA reserves the right to change, modify or update this statement at any time without notice.

15 September 2023

Date of next review: 1 March 2025


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