Humane Slaughter Association International Conference

Date: 30/06/2022







Humane Slaughter Association International Conference

30 June & 1 July 2022

In person – Edinburgh UK 


Topic: ’Livestock Welfare during Transport, Marketing & Slaughter’


This is an in-person event, with submitted talks, poster presentations and keynote talks. 


The programme boasts six sessions covering the welfare of animals during transport and the pre-slaughter period, the welfare of animals during stunning, slaughter and killing, and novel developments. The conference includes a special focus on the welfare of aquatic species at slaughter, and features talks on the welfare of decapod crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs.


Speaker highlights include:


– Keynote speaker Bob Elwood (Emeritus Professor, Queen’s University, Belfast) on pain and suffering in decapods

– Giovanna Ponte (Association for Cephalopod Research ‘CephRes’, Italy) on humane slaughtering of cephalopod molluscs

– Bjørn Roth (Nofima, Norway) on humane electrical stunning for decapod crustaceans

– Ben Weis (Tesco PLC, UK) on dry electric stunning as a commercial method for the humane dispatch of White Leg shrimp

– Jimmy Turnbull (University of Stirling, UK) on in-water electrical stunning for humane slaughter of farmed fin fish

– Nilantha Jayasuriya (Harper Adams University, UK) on a systematic review and feasibility study of humane stunning or stun/killing of wild-caught fish in commercial fisheries

– The Humane Slaughter Award 2022 recipient, Mette S Herskin, on the case for the cull sow

– Keynote speaker Will Jackson (Chief Strategy Officer, AHDB) on animal welfare at slaughter: labelling and the importance of the consumer

– Keynote speaker Claire White (Senior Veterinary Advisor, NFU) on the development and application of the Demonstration of Life protocol

Dr Huw Golledge, HSA’s Chief Executive and Scientific Director, said: “With the news that decapod crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs are now recognised as sentient in UK law, it is now more important than ever that we understand how to protect the welfare of these species. There is currently a lack of understanding and certainty about the welfare impact and humaneness of basic husbandry and slaughter techniques for these species. By having a special focus on the welfare of aquatic species at slaughter, we hope to provide a platform for animal welfare scientists to present their research findings to the wider community. The meeting will be a showcase for the preliminary results from almost £2million in research funding which the HSA committed to finding humane slaughter techniques for crustaceans, cephalopods and neglected fin-fish species as well as an exciting HSA-funded project to review the extent and future scope for stunning of fish caught in the wild.

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