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20 November 2018 Technical Information Posters on humane handling of livestock translated into Chinese

In line with the HSA’s objective of raising welfare standards for food animals worldwide, the charity’s simple, but effective, posters on the humane handling and stunning of livestock have now been translated into Chinese.

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16 October 2018 Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) opens applications for funding through its awards and scholarships

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is inviting applications for a special Travel Award for 2019 and its Student/Trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships.

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15 October 2018 
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) invites applications for the 2019 Humane Slaughter Award

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is inviting applications for its prestigious 2019 Humane Slaughter Award for significant advances in the humane treatment of farmed livestock during transport, marketing and slaughter.

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28 June 2018 
Recognition for ground-breaking work to improve the welfare of food animals
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) announces winner of its 2018 Award

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has announced the winner of its 2018 Humane Slaughter Award. The award, which recognises individuals or organisations that have made major scientific advances in the welfare of livestock during slaughter, transport or killing for disease control, has been given to Professor Bo Algers of Sweden in recognition of his exemplary work to improve the welfare of food animals.

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28 March 2018 New research aims to find a more humane way to stun pigs
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) joins forces with Defra to fund key research 

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has jointly funded with the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) a new two year programme of research to determine whether Low Atmospheric Pressure Stunning (LAPS) might be a more humane way to stun pigs during commercial slaughter.

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13 March 2018 
HSA announces £1.7 million funding for research and development to improve the welfare of fish, crustaceans and cephalopods at slaughter
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) supports research to better understand and improve the welfare of these species at slaughter

The Humane Slaughter Association has announced up to £1.7 million of research funding to improve the welfare of farmed fish, crustaceans (eg crabs and lobsters) and cephalopods (eg octopus, cuttlefish and squid) during slaughter.  

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28 February 2018 
Monitoring animal welfare at slaughter - new CCTV legislation
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) to hold one day seminar ahead of new legislation coming into force

As legislation to make CCTV cameras mandatory in slaughterhouses in England to safeguard animal welfare starts its journey through Parliament, plans for the Humane Slaughter Association’s (HSA) seminar for the meat and livestock industry to discuss the animal welfare implications of the implementation and use of CCTV in abattoirs gathers pace.

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9 February 2018 
Monitoring animal welfare at slaughter - CCTV and beyond
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) to hold one day seminar in May

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) will be holding a one-day seminar on Wednesday 9th May 2018 for the meat and livestock industry to discuss the animal welfare implications of the implementation and use of CCTV and other technology in abattoirs.

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16 January 2018 
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) develops new online guide for humane killing during disease control 

As part of its strategy to promote the highest standards of welfare worldwide for food animals, the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has produced a new online guide which covers the humane killing of livestock during disease control operations.

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22 September 2017  
HSA to undertake livestock market survey to evaluate animal welfare provisions in place

Survey marks 200th anniversary of first purpose-built livestock market

200 years ago this year an important milestone in the history of the UK’s meat and livestock industry was made, with the opening of the first purpose built livestock market in Hawick, Scotland.

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11 July 2017 HSA commits to new research and development to improve the welfare of pigs at slaughter

Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) joins forces with Defra to fund research into a more humane stunning method for pigs
The Humane Slaughter Association and the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) are jointly offering up to £400,000 of research funding for a project to develop a more humane way to stun pigs during commercial slaughter.

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28 June 2017 Recognition for pioneering work to improve the welfare of food animals

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has announced the joint winners of its 2017 Humane Slaughter Award. The award, which recognises individuals or organisations that have made major scientific advances in the welfare of livestock during slaughter, transport or killing for disease control, has been given to Mr Peter Kettlewell and Professor Malcolm Mitchell of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in recognition of the developments they have made in improving the welfare of food animals during transportation.   

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24 March 2017 Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) funds project to assess CCTV in slaughterhouses

The HSA is pleased to announce that it has made a grant 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?”

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8 February 2017 Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) develops new online training resource

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has produced a model syllabus on animal welfare at slaughter, which references HSA publications and training materials.

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10 November 2016 Seminar on Welfare of Animals at the Time Of Killing (WATOK) Regulations

On the 12th of October some 100 people involved in the slaughter industry attended the HSA WATOK One-Year-On seminar held in the East Midlands. Delegates came from across the UK to discuss the challenges faced since the new Welfare at the Time Of Killing (WATOK) regulations were introduced in England in November 2015.

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8 July 2016 Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) announces 2016 Award Winner

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has announced the winner of its 2016 Humane Slaughter Award. The award, which recognises individuals or organisations that have made major scientific advances in the welfare of livestock during slaughter, transport or killing for disease control, has been given to Professor Neville Gregory in recognition of the developments and technological developments he has made over 37 years which have led to significant and considerable advances in humane slaughter.

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22 April 2016 HSA assists Chinese vets with poultry welfare

Following a presentation on the welfare of poultry at slaughter to the 5th Chinese Veterinary Conference, the HSA was asked by the editor of China Animal Health Inspection - the leading national journal of the Ministry of Agriculture of China - to write a paper for Chinese vets on poultry welfare at slaughter. 

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21 April 2016 Guidance notes on electrical waterbath stunning of poultry translated into French

The HSA’s Guidance Notes No 7 on Electrical Waterbath Stunning of Poultry are now available in French following a request by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry.

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