Man­ual: how to kill chick­ens hu­manely

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By XIE CHUANJIAO in Qing­dao and ZHAO RUIXUE in Ji­nan

A new tech­ni­cal man­ual in Shan­dong province en­cour­ages the use of hu­mane meth­ods to slaugh­ter chick­ens. The meth­ods pro­mote bet­ter meat qual­ity, pro­po­nents said.

The man­ual, which sets stan­dards to re­duce the an­i­mals’ suf­fer­ing, was pre­pared by a re­search team at Qing­dao Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity and ap­proved re­cently by the Shan­dong pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s qual­ity watch­dog.

“Com­ply­ing with the hu­mane slaugh­ter man­ual is not only about show­ing hu­man com­pas­sion for the an­i­mal but also could im­prove the qual­ity of the meat,” said Sun Jingxin, a pro­fes­sor of food sci­ence at the univer­sity’s Col­lege of Food Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing.

The stan­dards “en­sure that suf­fer­ing at slaugh­ter can be avoided so the an­i­mals ex­pe­ri­ence min­i­mal fear, stress and pain”, he said.

Sun’s team pur­sued the re­search with Nan­jing Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity and sev­eral other in­sti­tu­tions for sev­eral years, ex­am­in­ing each part of the slaugh­ter process— in­clud­ing catch­ing, the deprivation of flu­ids and food dur­ing trans­porta­tion, un­load­ing, rest be­fore slaugh­ter and stun­ning the birds be­fore killing them.

“For ex­am­ple, work­ers should use two hands to catch both wings or use a spe­cial­ized catch­ing de­vice,” Sun said. “Grab­bing a sin­gle wing or leg of a chicken will cause much more pain or bro­ken bones.”

The new man­ual re­quires that live chick­ens be trans­ported no longer than three hours, with proper tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity. Also, the chick­ens need to rest be­fore slaugh­ter, which in­cludes a mas­sager in­stalled on the an­i­mal’s breast to pacify it. Be­fore be­ing killed, chick­ens should be ren­dered un­con­scious with gas or elec­tric shock, ac­cord­ing to the guide­line. mas­sagerSun said in­stalled that on with­out­the an­i­mal’s th­ese breast mea­sures,to pacify chick­en­sit. Be­fore suf­fer be­ing great killed, pain chick­ens be­fore should death, be an ren­deredthe blood un­con­scious­can burst with into gas mus­cleor elec­tric fibers, shock, caus­ing ac­cord­ing bruis­ing to and the stains. guide­line. The qual­ity of Sun the said meat that may with­outbe se­ri­ous­lythese mea­sures, com­pro­mised. chick­ens suf­fer great pain Shan­dong­be­fore death, raises and20 per­cent­blood canof China’sburst into broiler mus­cle chick­ens,fibers, causin­gand chicken bruis­ing ac­countsand stains.for 40 The per­cent qual­i­tyof theof the province’smeat may meatbe se­ri­ously pro­duc­tion. com­pro­mised.

Shan­dong“The man­ual rais­esis not20 per­cent manda­tory of China’slaw, but broiler com­pa­nies chick­ens, adopt­ing and the chicken new ac­counts stan­dards for will40 per­cent be­come of morethe province’s com­pet­i­tive meat in pro­duc­tion.the mar­ket, and it will lead to im­prove­ment“The man­ual is of not meat manda­tory qual­ity and law, more­but com­pa­niesprof­its in adopt­ingthe end,” the Sun new said. stan­dards will be­come

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