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Animals 2015, 5(4), 1207-1219;

A Review of Different Stunning Methods for Poultry—Animal Welfare Aspects (Stunning Methods for Poultry)

Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, POB 234, Skara SE-532 23, Sweden
Visiting Fellow, School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol, Langford BS40 5DU, UK
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Academic Editor: Huw Golledge
Received: 27 September 2015 / Revised: 16 November 2015 / Accepted: 16 November 2015 / Published: 30 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future of Humane Killing of Animals)
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Electrical water bath stunning is the most commonly used method for poultry stunning prior to slaughter, but has been questioned on animal welfare and product quality grounds. Controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) methods, involving a variety of gas mixtures, have become increasingly common, at least in Europe. CAS methods have been perceived as an improvement from an animal welfare perspective, partly because birds can be stunned without prior shackling, and are generally considered to result in improved product quality compared to water bath stunning. However, there would still be an interest in alternative stunning methods especially for small to medium size poultry slaughterhouses. This review presents an overview of the modes of action and the technical aspects of poultry stunning methods, including novel and emerging stunning technologies. View Full-Text
Keywords: broiler; laying hen; slaughter; stunning; turkey; welfare broiler; laying hen; slaughter; stunning; turkey; welfare

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Berg, C.; Raj, M. A Review of Different Stunning Methods for Poultry—Animal Welfare Aspects (Stunning Methods for Poultry). Animals 2015, 5, 1207-1219.

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