Chapter 12: Food Animal Humane Handling and Slaughter – Animal Welfare Requirements

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Under the authority of the Meat Inspection Regulations, all operators of federally registered slaughter establishments must comply with the Animal Welfare requirements, including those that relate to receiving, ante-mortem examination procedures, and all stages of handling, stunning and bleeding of live food animals. The operator of the federally registered slaughter establishment is responsible to have written animal welfare control programs that are fully implemented as outlined in Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures (MOP).

The operator is also responsible to include in the animal welfare control plans any activities conducted in the federally registered establishment that are enforceable under the Health of Animals Regulations, Part XII, Transportation of Animals, such as the unloading of animals from conveyances, which includes animals that are still in cages or crates but within the establishment.

Additional information is available at: Chapter 12 – Guidance on animal welfare topics in the current Meat MOP

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