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Important Points About This Website And Its Use

This guide is intended to instruct smallholders in the most humane methods of slaughtering poultry. In order to safeguard the welfare of the birds to be killed, it is necessary for the guide to be both thorough and illustrated. As such, some people may find some of the descriptions and graphics upsetting. Please do not read further if you feel you may be negatively affected by the content.

ChickenIn addition, some of the equipment and techniques used in the killing of animals is potentially harmful or lethal. In no circumstances can the HSA accept any liability for the way in which information contained in this site is used or for any loss, damage, death or injury caused thereby, since this depends on circumstances wholly outside the HSA's control.

If you are unsure of your ability to carry out the humane slaughter of any poultry, it may be necessary for you to consider Other Options for the slaughter of your birds.

The HSA aims to provide up-to-date and accurate information. If you have suggestions for improving any of the material included in this guide please let us know at or using the contact details provided at the HSA Website.

A paperback version of this guide (published 2001) is also available to purchase.

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