An investigation into an animal-friendly method for killing individual poultry

01 April 2017 → 30 September 2018
Regional and community funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal welfare
    • Veterinary neurology
    • Veterinary public health and food safety
poultry EEG animal welfare killing
Project description

Which are the most suitable methods to kill sick and weakened individual chickens and turkeys? At the request of the Flemish government, these questions had to be answered.  Profoundly ill and weakened poultry must be killed as humanely as possible to prevent unnecessary and prolonged suffering. The European Directive 1099/2009 describes the methods that are allowed. But not all these methods appear to be applied, and they also appear to not be commonly known in the poultry sector. The assignment was to evaluate animal friendliness, efficacy and practical feasibility of the different methods.