Correct Use of Captive-Bolt Stunners for Humane Slaughter and Euthanasia

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26 September 2017

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Hollie at The Webinar Vet, 01513 240580

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Charles Mason

After graduating from Harper Adams Agricultural College in 1980 I spent five years working with livestock on various farms. Following this, I worked in livestock marketing for three years, during which time I became associated with the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) and worked for it in a part-time capacity carrying out appraisals of livestock markets. Since 1988 I have worked full-time for the HSA, initially as a Technical Officer, as Chief Technical Officer from 1992–2001 and as Technical Director from 2001 to the present.


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Event Description

Although developed primarily for use in commercial slaughterhouses, captive-bolt stunners are a useful, and safer, alternative to free-bullet firearms for the humane destruction of injured and diseased animals by veterinary surgeons, knackermen, livestock producers and others. Their use in the UK has increased greatly in recent years due to (in no particular order): health and safety legislation and concerns; stricter firearms legislation (all handguns are now Section 5 prohibited weapons); the introduction of quality assurance schemes and production standards, such as Freedom Foods; and an increasing reluctance of some to handle and operate firearms. Correct use and maintenance of captive-bolt equipment is essential to ensure effective, humane and safe stunning. By the end of the lecture, which will include some graphic DVD footage, attendees should have achieved a good understanding of: - The physical principles behind captive-bolt stunning of livestock; - The correct stunning positions for the different species; - The critical importance of using the correct type of ammunition; - The critical importance of rapid bleeding or pithing of the stunned animal; - The critical importance of regular cleaning and routine maintenance; - The importance, and health and safety implications, of secure transport and storage. In addition, there will be a short exercise of 10 questions with multiple-choice answers for viewers to test their level of understanding

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