Special Issue "Humane Killing and Euthanasia of Animals on Farms"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2018).
Interests: diseases of laboratory animals, toxicologic pathology, research animal anesthesia, analgesia, euthanasia, animal welfare
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The humane killing of animals on farms is a major animal welfare issue for all livestock and poultry industries world-wide. Euthanasia of individual sick or injured animals is (or should be) routinely practiced by stock people on most farms, and the emphasis on animal welfare during on-farm killing of large numbers of animals for culling, end of production, and disease control or eradication is increasing. Humane methods for killing animals imply minimal pain and distress prior to and during the procedure and a rapid loss of sensibility prior to death. However, additional factors such as human safety, practicality and the aesthetic and emotional effects on the people performing the method often constrain the techniques that can be used on farms. Increasingly, regulatory requirements and farm animal care guidelines require that methods used for killing animals on farms be evaluated scientifically. Although there is a substantial body of research on methods for humane stunning and killing for slaughter, scientific assessment of different on-farm killing methods on the welfare of farm animals has really only emerged over the last decade. Traditional methods used by stock people for on-farm culling and euthanasia are being evaluated and refined, and new methods are being developed. Practical animal-based measures that stock people can use to reliably assess loss of sensibility and confirm death are being validated objectively and included in training programs for farm workers. Research to date indicates considerable species, sex, and age differences in animal responses to different killing methods and there is an on-going need for research in this area.
We invite original research papers that address methods for on-farm killing and euthanasia of livestock, farmed fish, animals raised commercially for pelt production, and poultry. Topics can include assessment and comparisons of methods for euthanasia of individual or small numbers of animals by stockpeople and killing of whole herds, flocks or cohorts of stock for disease purposes or depopulation at the farm level. Additional topics include validation of animal-based measures that can be used to assess loss of sensibility and time of death in the field, and aesthetic and emotional effects of different killing methods on farm workers and stock person training.
Dr. Tina M Widowski
Dr. Patricia V. Turner
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