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Animal welfare challenges: transport, slaughter/killing and mutilations

Our research aim and focus

Our research aims to improve the understanding of challenges to animal welfare under conventional as well as extensive conditions, to describe the consequences of the challenges in terms of animal welfare and productivity, as well as to seek improvement/alternatives thereby contributing to the achievements of the UN Sustainability Goals.

Our primary focus areas

  • Pre-transport management and handling – such as catching broilers, moving animals in slaughterhouses, pick-up facilities for pigs/cattle, assembly barns and fitness for transport.

  • Animal transport and related management – such as transport duration, animal needs during transport and during mandatory breaks at control posts.
  • Ending animal lives – on-farm killing/euthanasia, mass killing as part of societal contingency plans, lairage, stunning and slaughter (including mobile slaughterhouses and killing on pasture).
  • Management procedures involving animal mutilation – such as castration, dehor-ning, tail docking, beak trimming etc.
  • Refinement of experimental, in vivo procedures involved in animal science – such as metabolism chambers/cages, climate chambers, and fistulated/catheterized animals.

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Our research perspectives

In our group of dedicated animal scientists strongly inspired by the OneWelfare concept (incorporating animal welfare, human well-being and environment) we seek to improve the understanding of different challenges to animal welfare.

We are aiming to facilitate transparency, seek improvements/alternatives, and in the long term to contribute to the achievements of the UN Sustainability Goals.