SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Slaughter (General)

Farmed Animals

SPCA advocates that all animals slaughtered for food should be killed in the most humane way possible.

A humane slaughter method is one that leads to immediate death, or uses stunning that renders an animal instantly and entirely insensible to pain before slaughter and until death. A humane slaughter method should be non-aversive (minimising pain and distress). SPCA advocates that through humane and compassionate handling and competent performance of stunning and slaughter procedures, that fear and pain can be minimised prior to and during slaughter. Animals should be slaughtered individually, never within sight or sound of those waiting to be killed.

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