Gas Killing

Gas killing can be a humane method of slaughtering poultry. However, at present, gas killing is used almost exclusively in large plants with specialised equipment. Anoxic gas mixtures (air which contains very low levels of oxygen) are used, which must render the birds unconscious and insensible without discomfort. Birds must be held in the gas for sufficient time so that they are dead on removal from the gas.

Until specialised, small-scale gas killing equipment is available, this method is not recommended for the on-farm or small-scale slaughter of poultry as welfare and safety hazards are likely to occur without the necessary facilities for precise monitoring of the gas.

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