Humane slaughtering advancements to be recognised

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is looking to reward advances in humane slaughter techniques.

Its international award recognises important contributions and is open to individuals or organisations, anywhere in the world, working with farmed livestock such as cattle, sheep, pigs, other mammals, poultry or fish.

Dr Craig Johnson and colleagues at Massey University in New Zealand won the inaugural 2009 award for their investigation of pain in cattle slaughtered without prior stunning.

The UK charity is keen to receive applications, or nominations, relating to advances in science or important technological developments that have led, or are leading to, advances in humane slaughter. The award is for £1,000 and the deadline is 31 March 2010.

Application forms can be obtained from the HSA, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8AN. Tel: 01582 831919, email info@hsa.org.uk, or download from hsa.org.uk.

The HSA works through education, training, research and technical developments towards achieving high standards of welfare for food animals at markets, during transport and at slaughter.