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HSA continues work to improve the welfare of fish, crustaceans and cephalopods at slaughter

13 March 2018

Billions of farmed finfish are slaughtered for human consumption, far greater than any other type of mammal or bird, and many of these fish are not humanely stunned before slaughter.  In addition, many crustaceans (eg crabs and lobsters) and cephalopods (eg octopus, cuttlefish and squid) are slaughtered for food without stunning. What can consumers do? Just like for cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry, there are assurance schemes for fish, certifying that the producer complied with more humane methods of farming and slaughter. 

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CCTV in Slaughterhouses – an update

28 February 2018

On 23 February, legislation to make CCTV cameras mandatory in slaughterhouses in England to safeguard animal welfare came a step closer.  The legislation will come into effect from May this year, at which point businesses will have six months to comply.  

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HSA goes down under

26 January 2018

In February, HSA’s Technical Director Charlie Mason will be travelling to Australia to give two presentations at RSPCA Australia’s Animal Welfare Seminar in Canberra, as well as run a seminar workshop. 

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New online guide for humane killing during disease control produced

16 January 2018

The HSA has issued a new online guide which covers the humane killing of livestock during disease control operations. 

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Save the date!

16 November 2017

Wednesday 9th May 2018, Jury's Inn, East Midlands Airport

HSA will be holding a one-day seminar for the meat and livestock industry to discuss the animal welfare implications of the implementation and use of CCTV in abattoirs. Go to the Seminar webpage

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CCTV to be introduced in all slaughterhouses in England in 2018

14 November 2017

On Sunday 12th November, The Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed that CCTV recording will become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England next year.   Legislation will be introduced in the New Year, coming into force in the Spring.  All slaughterhouses will be required to comply following an adjustment period of up to six months.