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HSA makes Special Travel Award

26 April 2017

In September last year, the HSA announced a Special Travel Award for 2017, with funds of up to £10,000 available to help those involved in improving the welfare of animals during transport, marketing and slaughter to gain new expertise and knowledge which will contribute to better animal welfare.

The HSA is pleased to announce that it has made an award to Ellie Wigham, a PhD student at the University of Bristol for her project “Analysis of the use of CCTV data to monitor and improve slaughter plant welfare in the US – what can we learn from our American friends?”

The main focus of Ellie’s project is to assess the effects of independent CCTV auditing on animal welfare in lairage and at slaughter. CCTV is now being used more widely in the United States of America, often as a customer requirement to ensure optimum welfare.

Ellie’s project aims to gain a detailed understanding of the process to identify where improvements can be made in order to improve the welfare of animals at slaughter in the USA. The project will also look at how the knowledge acquired by this study in the US can be used in slaughterhouses in the UK and Europe to improve animal welfare.

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