The 2017 Spring Appeal is for funds to assist with the costs of carrying out a robust and structured survey of a sample size of 24 of the 120 markets in England and Wales. The purpose of the survey is to provide an updated snapshot of UK livestock markets and to evaluate the animal welfare provisions currently in place. This includes resources available to the animals (in terms of facilities, equipment, personnel and procedures) and management practises, for example implementation of a specific animal welfare policy.
The survey aims to identify specific features which may impact upon the welfare of the animals in the markets and to compare these findings with those from the last survey in 2005-2007, where the HSA visited 24 markets as part of a Defra project on animal movement.
The information from the survey will be used to disseminate good practice and so improve the welfare of animals in markets in the future. The project is likely to cost in the region of £10,000 to complete. If you would like to contribute, please complete the form below. Should funds exceed the amount required for this project, the HSA will apply funds to other projects.
Thank you to everyone who made a donation to “Make a difference for poultry”. Due to your generous support, we were able to translate the technical information poster on the effective neck cutting of poultry into 21 different languages so it can be distributed and used world-wide, particularly to rural areas in parts of the developing world where there are many back yard farm producers and small-holders.
Without our members and supporters, the work we’ve outlined in this newsletter would not have been able to take place. Slaughter is never pleasant, but it can be humane and, with your support, the HSA continues to make significant improvements and a lasting difference. Thank you.
Please help by donating to the Spring Appeal. Thank you for your support.
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