The Use of a Non-Penetrating Captive Bolt for the Euthanasia of Neonate Piglets
AbstractThe most common method for the on-farm euthanasia of neonate piglets is reported to be manual blunt force trauma. This paper presents the results of research to evaluate a mechanical non-penetrating captive bolt (the Accles and Shelvoke CASH small animal tool, Birmingham, UK) to produce an immediate stun/kill with neonate piglets. One hundred and forty-seven piglets (average dead weight = 1.20 kg ± 0.58 (standard deviation, SD), mean age = 5.8 days (median = 3)) were euthanized with the device and demonstrated immediate loss of consciousness, subjectively assessed by behavioural signs and no recovery. The result that 147 out of 147 animals were effectively stun/killed gives a 95% confidence interval for the true percentage of animals that would be effectively stun/killed of 97.5–100% with the use of the CASH small animal tool under the conditions of the current study. This research concludes that the CASH small animal tool, using a 1 grain brown coded cartridge, is suitable for producing a stun/kill in neonate piglets when applied in a frontal/parietal position. View Full-Text
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Grist, A.; Lines, J.A.; Knowles, T.G.; Mason, C.W.; Wotton, S.B. The Use of a Non-Penetrating Captive Bolt for the Euthanasia of Neonate Piglets. Animals 2018, 8, 48.
Grist A, Lines JA, Knowles TG, Mason CW, Wotton SB. The Use of a Non-Penetrating Captive Bolt for the Euthanasia of Neonate Piglets. Animals. 2018; 8(4):48.Chicago/Turabian Style
Grist, Andrew; Lines, Jeff A.; Knowles, Toby G.; Mason, Charles W.; Wotton, Stephen B. 2018. "The Use of a Non-Penetrating Captive Bolt for the Euthanasia of Neonate Piglets." Animals 8, no. 4: 48.
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