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Humane Slaughter Association Award 2021 – Winner Announced

19 August 2021

The HSA is pleased to announce the winner of its 2021 Humane Slaughter Award: Dr Carmen Gallo, founder of the Animal Welfare Programme at the Universidad Austral de Chile. The award recognises individuals or organisations that have made major scientific advances in the welfare of livestock during transport, marketing and slaughter, or killing for disease control. It will be presented to Dr Gallo in recognition of her outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to enhancing livestock welfare in Chile and Latin America.

Dr Gallo has been a pioneer in this field since the 1970s. Her stakeholder and outreach work has been exemplary, showing leadership and tenacity, especially at the beginning of her career when the welfare of livestock species was not widely appreciated by the meat industry. Her published work includes more than 100 research articles directly related to animal welfare during transport, marketing and slaughter. She has also mentored many undergraduate and post-graduate students working in Chile and Latin America. 

The award will be presented to Dr Gallo during an online event which will be held at 1500 BST (UTC+1) on Tuesday 12th October. During the event Dr Gallo will give a presentation on her work, which laid the foundation for animal welfare legislation in Chile. There will also be a Q&A session, allowing attendees to gain further insight into Dr Gallo’s work and experiences. More information about the event, including registration details, can be found here

HSA’s Chief Executive Huw Golledge said: “I’m delighted that the HSA has recognised Dr Gallo’s pioneering work to promote humane slaughter and transport of livestock species. Dr Gallo’s evidence-based, pragmatic approach to bringing about real-world improvements in animal welfare very much mirrors the HSA’s. I’m very much looking forward to hearing details of her work at the online award ceremony in October”.


The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is an independent charity recognised internationally for promoting scientific, technical and educational advances towards improving the welfare of food animals worldwide at slaughter, killing, marketing and transport.

 Its work includes researching, refining and demonstrating humane slaughter methods, publishing material such as guidelines, best practice, books and videos, funding research projects and the development of equipment. Specialist technical staff provide expert and practical advice on all welfare issues relating to food animals.

The HSA is funded by voluntary donations, subscriptions and legacies.  For more information about the HSA’s work call 01582 831919, email or visit

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