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  Training on animal welfare standards at slaughter and in killing for disease control purposesslide

It is a fundamental European value to pay proper regard to the welfare of animals that are slaughtered for human consumption and disease control purposes. As a consequence, Community legislation on slaughtering aims to minimise animal suffering. Directive 93/119 EC on the protection of animals at slaughter or killing sets out Community rules in this area.
The need to implement humane slaughter methods is a subject which is of great interest to European consumers. Maintaining high standards of animal welfare during transport and at slaughter also has positive outcomes on the quality of the food subsequently produced. In addition, it is vital that killing of animals for disease control purposes is done in a humane manner.
Training in animal welfare at slaughter and in killing for disease control is an important tool in responding to these issues. This course is also open to third countries, in order to help them to respect these rules and thus ease access to the EU market for their products.

How many workshops are taking place?

One five-day workshop is to be held.

Who is the training aimed at?

It is mainly aimed at official veterinarians ensuring that welfare standards are respected in slaughterhouses or during killing for disease control purposes. Participants should mainly come from EU Member States, candidate countries and invited third countries.
A number of places are fully funded by the Commission, provided that application deadlines are complied with. The course is open to about 100 participants.

What activities are planned?

  • The first two days consist of presentations on a range of animal welfare-related topics;
  • A round table discussion session is also held at the end of the first day;
  • On the third day participants visit slaughterhouses and perform auditing exercises;
  • Farm visits take place on the fourth day. Participants perform a simulation exercise related to disease outbreaks;
  • The final day involves a further presentation as well as debriefing, discussion and final evaluation.

What topics are covered?

Topics covered will include:

  • The scientific basis for proper handling, stunning and killing of animals;
  • Best practices and procedures for monitoring, enforcement, and evaluation of animal welfare;
  • EU legislation in the international framework;
  • Main stunning and killing techniques applied in slaughterhouses and for disease control;
  • Experience gained from animal disease epidemics, including perspectives from third countries.

When and where is the workshop taking place?

The workshop runs from 15-19 October in Zagreb, Croatia.

How do I participate?

Anyone interested in taking part in training should contact their relevant national competent authority. The national competent authority proposes participants to the Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Point, who sends the list of participants to the contractor. The contractor submits the list to the Commission for approval.
The list of Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Points can be found at:

Who has been awarded the contract for arranging the workshops?

The IZS Teramo consortium

Further information on training can be found at:



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