In order to provide a substantial improvement in animal welfare during the electrical as well as CO2 stunning of finishing pigs, it is considered useful to perform a risk analysis to identify the critical steps in the stunning procedure.
Improvements in animal welfare during the stunning procedure can be sought within the whole process up to the moment of stunning. Consideration should be given to collection areas, forcing up and separation of groups of animals, restraining and the actual stunning.
- Risk assessment approach will be used to identify and classify specific risk factors for compromised animal welfare;
- Research of the identified risk factors.
The results from this study will contribute to the identification of the risk factors for animal welfare during slaughter of pigs. Furthermore, the results are intend to be used to improve animal welfare at the slaughter plant.