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When animals are injured, or have a disease associated with severe pain or suffering, emergency killing may be the best, or only, option to alleviate the animal’s suffering.

This online guide provides practical guidance on the humane emergency killing of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. The guide is aimed primarily at livestock producers but will be of interest and use to veterinary surgeons, knackermen, animal welfare inspectors, Animal Health Officers, agricultural students and any others who may be involved in dealing with emergency killing of livestock.

For more detailed information about any of the equipment mentioned in this guide, see the other titles available in the HSA’s series of online guides.

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