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, in killing for disease control and during transport is an important tool in responding to these issues. This course also has a certain number of places available for third country participants. The aim of this is to help them to respect EU and international welfare standards and thus ease access to the EU market for their products.
Who has been awarded the contract for arranging the workshops?
The IZS Teramo consortium, for further information please visit: http://www.sancotraining.izs.it/
Who is the training aimed at?
It is mainly aimed at official veterinarians ensuring adherence to welfare standards in slaughterhouses, in killing for disease control and during transport and those involved in developing best practices to improve application of European and international standards. 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. Each workshop is open to about 60 participants.
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:
How many workshops are taking place?
Six three-day workshops are to be held. One workshop covers each of welfare at slaughter, killing for disease control and religious slaughter. The other three are on welfare standards during transport.
What activities are planned?
- Plenary sessions consist of lectures on relevant issues;
- Group activities are to include practical sessions, case-studies, tests and discussion;
- During the first workshop a visit will be made to a slaughterhouse and for the second workshop participants will visit transport companies or control posts.
These visits will enable participants to carry out practical simulation exercises.
What topics are covered?
Both workshops will cover EU legislation and international standards relevant to their specific subject.
Additional topics covered during the workshop on slaughter and disease control include:
Additional topics addressed in the workshop on welfare during transport include:
- Scientific basis for proper handling, stunning and killing of animals;
- Practical ways of assessing lairage facilities and the handling of animals;
- Main stunning and killing techniques applied in Europe both in slaughterhouses and in the context of disease control situations;
- Animal welfare indicators;
- Collection of information for the future development of internet-based learning activities for veterinarians;
- Experience gained from animal disease epidemics, including perspectives from third countries.
- Scientific basis for proper transport of animals;
- Transport conditions and records to be checked;
- Practical aspects of handling of animals and emergency care for animals during transport;
- Design of vehicles;
- Requirements for control posts;
- Application of navigation systems facilitating monitoring and enforcement of welfare requirements during transport;
- Experience gained from transport of animals, including perspectives from third countries.
When and where are the workshops taking place?
- The workshop on welfare at slaughter takes place in Skara, Sweden on 4-7 May 2010.
- The workshop on killing for disease control takes place in Italy on 7-11 June 2010.
- The workshop on religious slaughter takes place in Turkey on 8-12 November 2010.
The workshops on transport are scheduled for 28 September-1 October and 10–13 November 2009 and 2-5 February 2010 in San Martino in Campo, Italy.