Agri dep’t or­ders hu­mane slaugh­ter­ing of an­i­mals

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that im­proper han­dling of an­i­mals “could have ad­verse ef­fects on the qual­ity of meat.”

The res­o­lu­tion is ad­dressed to slaugh­ter­houses, poul­try dress­ing plants, stock­yards, and an­i­mal hold­ing ar­eas where food an­i­mals are usu­ally slaugh­tered.

The res­o­lu­tion cited Sec­tion 8 of the ad­min­is­tra­tive or­der, which states that “[n]o per­son, firm or cor­po­ra­tion ei­ther by him­self or dur­ing the process of han­dling or con­duct of food an­i­mals shall use sharp or pointed in­stru­ments such as but not limited to blade or knife, to mark livestock for the pur­pose of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

Forcibly ad­min­is­ter­ing wa­ter and/or other fluid orally to food an­i­mals, among oth­ers, is also pro­hib­ited.

Orola also cited Repub­lic Act (RA) 8485, or The An­i­mal Wel­fare Act of 1998, which was amended by RA 10631, stat­ing that “the killing of an­i­mals shall be done through hu­mane pro­ce­dures at all times, which shall mean the use of the most sci­en­tific meth­ods avail­able as maybe de­ter­mined and ap­proved by DA-Com­mit­tee on An­i­mal Wel­fare.”/

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