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26 March 2021 HSA webinar to address issues and potential solutions related to the decline in small and medium sized abattoirs. Slaughter of Livestock – keeping it close to home

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is holding a free-to-attend webinar during the afternoon of Wednesday 28th April.

The webinar will highlight the current decline in the network of small- to medium-sized, multi-species abattoirs and discuss how a reliable supply of locally-produced meat can be achieved practically, while maintaining and improving high standards of animal welfare.  

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28 October 2020 Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) invites applications for its 2021 Humane Slaughter Award

Nominations are now open for the Humane Slaughter Association’s prestigious 2021 Humane Slaughter Award for significant advances in the humane treatment of farmed livestock during transport, marketing and slaughter.

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8 October 2020 The Humane Slaughter Association publishes free animal welfare advice for small-scale and/or seasonal poultry producers and processors

In response to numerous enquiries from existing and prospective producers, the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has produced new, updated guidance aimed at small-scale and/or seasonal poultry producers and processors.

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7 September 2020 HSA marks Remember a Charity week

This week is Remember A Charity Week (7-13 September) and the Humane Slaughter Association is one of over 200 charities across the country taking part.

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28 August 2020 HSA guides and best practice highlighted by BVA as part of new policy document

A comprehensive new policy document that makes 67 recommendations to the Government about improving the welfare of animals at slaughter has just been published by the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

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28 July 2020 The HSA releases specialist new training material for the on-farm killing of  neonate pigs, goats and sheep

As part of its work to promote the highest standards of welfare for food animals during transport, marketing and slaughter, the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA), has published a new training guide for the emergency, humane killing of neonate pigs, goats and sheep on-farm.  This publication is the culmination of research funded by Defra and carried out by the University of Bristol in collaboration with the HSA

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24 July 2020 The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) announces the award of £166,000 to explore the possibility of improving the welfare of wild-caught fish at slaughter

As part of its ongoing support to encourage the development and adoption of humane slaughter methods for fish, the HSA has just announced further grant funding of £166,000 to investigate the potential for improving the welfare at slaughter of fish caught in the wild.

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10 June 2020 Small abattoirs have a big part to play in animal welfare

A new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) on small abattoirs published this week highlights the decline of licensed abattoirs in the UK since the 1930s and the subsequent impact on animal welfare.  The HSA was one of the stakeholders taking part in the APGAW inquiry, providing valuable input and independent advice on animal welfare matters within its remit, which is reflected in the report. 

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27 May 2020 Dr Birte Nielsen joins the team at the HSA

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Birte L Nielsen as Assistant Scientific Director of both the HSA and its sister charity, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW).  Birte will join the charities in September.

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19 March 2020 Statement from HSA CEO Huw Golledge

In these extraordinary times the HSA will be trying our best to continue supporting the welfare of animals during marketing, transport and at the time of slaughter. We are confident that we can continue our activities in these difficult times.

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2 March 2020 The Humane Slaughter Association awards £1.93 million for research and development to improve the welfare of fish, crustaceans and cephalopods at slaughter

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has just announced its largest ever programme of research in an attempt to find more humane ways of slaughtering these animals in future. 

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16 December 2019 HSA announces new Chief Executive

Following the retirement of Dr Robert Hubrecht at the end of 2019, The Humane Slaughter Association is delighted to announce it has appointed Dr Huw Golledge BSc PhD as the new Chief Executive of both the HSA and its sister charity, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW). 

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22 November 2019 The Humane Slaughter Association publishes free animal welfare advice for small-scale and/or seasonal poultry producers and processors

In response to numerous enquiries from existing and prospective producers, the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has produced new guidance aimed at small-scale and/or seasonal poultry producers and processors.

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13 November 2019 The Humane Slaughter Association announces further funding to encourage the development and adoption of humane slaughter methods for fish caught in the wild

Up to £200,000 available to support a systematic review and feasibility study into stunning or killing of wild-caught fish in commercial fisheries

Billions of fish are caught for food every year, the vast majority of these fish are not stunned before killing and there is good evidence that many wild-caught fish may experience significant suffering between the time they are captured and their death.

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11 November 2019 The Humane Slaughter Association invites applications for funding through its awards and scholarships

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is inviting applications for this year’s Student/Trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships.

The Scholarships, which were established in 1986 as a memorial to the late Miss Dorothy Sidley, General Secretary to the HSA for 48 years, provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to carry out a project which is clearly aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. 

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30 October 2019 The Humane Slaughter Association seeks to recognise significant advances in the welfare of livestock through its 2020 Humane Slaughter Award

Nominations for the Humane Slaughter Association’s (HSA) prestigious 2020 Humane Slaughter Award are now open. 

Around the world millions of animals are transported, marketed and slaughtered every day to provide food and other resources for human benefit.  Since 2010 the HSA has honoured the achievements of an individual or organisation whose work has resulted in significant advances in the welfare of farmed livestock during transport, marketing and slaughter.

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9 October 2019 Humane Slaughter Association recognizes Glasgow scientist for her work to improve the welfare of farm animals

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has announced that Dr Dorothy McKeegan from the University of Glasgow has been awarded the 2019 Humane Slaughter Award for her groundbreaking research into the welfare impacts of controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) and her outstanding and sustained contribution to protecting animal welfare at slaughter or killing.

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9 September 2019 HSA marks the 10th Remember a Charity week

Now in its 10th year, this week is Remember A Charity Week (9-15 September) and the Humane Slaughter Association is proud to be joining over 200 charities across the country to celebrate all the amazing individuals who support vital services by leaving a gift to charity in their Will.

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10 April 2019 New video providing information on the welfare of farmed fish at slaughter and consumer choices is translated into nine additional languages

Globally, we humans are eating more farmed fish than any other type of mammal or bird slaughtered for human consumption.  The numbers amount to billions and, world-wide, many of these fish are not humanely stunned before slaughter.

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27 March 2019 HSA seminar to address animal welfare at slaughter

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is holding a one-day seminar for the meat and livestock industry on Wednesday 9th October 2019 entitled Animal Welfare at Slaughter – Hot Topics 2019.

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12 March 2019 HSA awards grant for a study to establish a framework for permitting “demonstration of life” to Halal certification bodies for use within UK abattoirs

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has awarded a grant to Dr Claire White of the University of Bristol to allow her to travel to New Zealand to research and develop a better understanding of their practices and models relating to stunned Halal slaughter. |

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