Animal welfare rules not fully respected in some Swiss abattoirs

Conditions in some Swiss slaughterhouses still don’t conform to standards guaranteeing animal welfare, the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office announced on Tuesday.  Many of the problems found by the nationwide investigation were related to animals being kept overnight without sufficient water, food, or bedding.  The stunning and bleeding of animals – done in preparation for a painless slaughter – was also not always adequate. This was particularly the case for big pigs, for whom the electrical stunning device was not strong enough, the office said.  For cattle, meanwhile, the period of time between stunning and bleeding was also often found to be too long.  Lack of awareness  Small-scale abattoirs were particularly liable to fall below standard, the office said. Reasons for this were often lack of training or awareness of standards, hectic work rhythms, and limited time available for the slaughtering.  A lack of oversight by veterinarians and bad documentation of ...
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