These comments are not intended as a drafting of legislation but as practical guidance for the Meat and Abattoir Industries, although recommendations might be used as a basis for legislative changes.

Many factors must be taken into account when deciding upon the best system for slaughtering stock at an abattoir.  the principal consideration is the welfare of the animals but other factors include capital and running costs, workers safety and ease of handling animals and carcasses and the effect of the method of slaughter on the quality and shelf life of the meat.

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