Annex C - Objective Criteria for Humane Slaughter – Red Meat Species and Poultry

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Objective Criteria for Humane Slaughter – Red Meat Species

Criteria Cattle Pigs Sheep Horses
Stunning 95% or >

Placement 1% error allowed

Hot wanding 1% error allowed

Gondolas 4%

95% or > accuracy 95% or >
Insensibility on the bleed rail 100% 100% 100% 100%
Slips & Falls

1% or < falls

document slips but do not audit

1% or < falls

document slips but do not audit

1% or < falls

document slips but do not audit

1% or < falls

document slips but do not audit

Vocalization 5% or less 5% or less Do not audit in this species Do not audit in this species
Prod Use 25% or less 25% or less Do not use Do not use
Willful Acts of cruelty None None None None
Water Yes Yes Yes Yes

Note: In the case of gas stunning:

  • Handlers must be careful not to overload the gondolas (elevator boxes) that hold groups of pigs.
    • In a properly loaded gondola, the pigs must have sufficient room to stand or lie down without being on top of each other.
    • Handlers must never overload the gondolas by forcing pigs to jump on top of each other.

Objective Criteria for Humane Slaughter – Poultry

Objective criteria for monitoring chicken slaughter
Stunner Cut/neck slitter (automatic) Entering Scalder Table Note 1 Deliberate acts of cruelty
Sample Size 500 500 500 All birds observed
Minimum requirements 98% rendered insensible 98% birds killed No sensible/uncut neck birds None (zero tolerance)

Table Notes

Table Note 1

Birds must be monitored on the bleed line to ensure that they do not regain consciousness before death.

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Objective criteria for monitoring turkey slaughter
Stunner Cut/neck slitter (automatic) Entering Scalder Table Note 2 Deliberate acts of cruelty
Sample Size 100 100 100 All birds observed
Minimum requirements 98% rendered insensible 98% birds killed No sensible/uncut neck birds None (zero tolerance)

Table Notes

Table Note 2

Birds must be monitored on the bleed line to ensure that they do not regain consciousness before death.

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