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Thursday 5th November 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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New Slaughter Regulations Causing Concern

New poultry slaughter rules that come into force today (5th November) in the UK have been criticised by vets for their animal welfare implications.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) said it is concerned by Defra’s decision not to include stunning parameters for poultry killed ‘in accordance with religious rites’ in the new Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (WATOK) Regulations.

These parameters are needed, the BVA said, to ensure that animals are stunned properly and are not conscious at the time of slaughter

BVA President Sean Wensley said: “In the last year we have seen headlines about the inhumane treatment of animals at slaughter and, while these new WATOK regulations are strong in many areas, we are concerned that the omission of specific parameters for electrical waterbath stunning leaves some poultry vulnerable to ineffective stunning.

"Slaughtermen, Official Veterinarians and Animal Welfare Officers in abattoirs are not able to tell the difference between birds that have been effectively stunned and those that are just electro-immobilised, thus compromising the animal welfare standards that these regulations are being put in place to protect.” – Read more.

Also this week, the US Poultry & Egg Association announced updates to its ergonomics training, which is used to help reduce incidence of cumulative trauma injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis – read more here.

The move follows the report by Oxfam America last week, which described high rates of injury in the poultry processing industry.

The US authorities are also combating the high injury rates by running a ‘Regional Emphasis Programme’ in some of the biggest chicken-producing states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

The programme will use education and prevention outreach activities to share safety and health information, as well as a targeted enforcement phase including inspections to ensure compliance with regulations – read more.



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Research Focus for Cobb Australian – New Zealand Poultry Seminar
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Imported Turkey Cuts Pose Threat to Traditional UK Sector
UK Egg Sales Continue to Climb
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Avian Influenza Roadshow to Prepare Northern Ireland's Farmers

   United States

US Poultry Industry Improves Ergonomics to Reduce Injuries
US Authorities Launch Programme Fighting Poultry Injuries
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   South Africa

Low Path Avian Flu Outbreaks Continue in South Africa

   Taiwan

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   Philippines

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   Poland

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