Researchers receive award from Humane Slaughter Association

Researchers receive award from Humane Slaughter Association

Staff at the Edinburgh Campus of SRUC have been announced as joint winners of the Humane Slaughter Award by The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA).

Lecturer Peter Kettlewell and Professor Malcolm Mitchell received the awards in recognition of the developments they have made in improving the welfare of food animals during transportation.

The Humane Slaughter award recognises individuals or organisations that have made major scientific advances in the welfare of livestock during slaughter, transport or killing for disease control.

Mr Kettlewell and Professor Mitchell have collaborated since 1984 and their research on thermal stress in animals during transport has been a major contribution to improved animal health, welfare and productivity

Dr Jeff Lines from the Silsoe Institute, one of the nominating sponsors for the pair, said: “Peter and Malcolm’s partnership has created a unique and valuable body of knowledge. Their work has led to significant improvements in the transport industry and in the regulations concerned with protecting animal welfare during transport.”

Their current work is related to the long distance transport of pigs and calves within Europe and the effects of weather, thermal conditions and journey duration on animal welfare in transit.

The Humane Slaughter Association promotes the humane treatment of all food animals worldwide, including cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, fish and minority species such as deer, in markets, during transport, at slaughter, and killing for welfare reasons and disease control.

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