A world-renowned expert in humane slaughter and farm animal welfare has been selected to lead Animal Welfare Approved (AWA)’s newly formed Scientific and Technical Advisory Board.
A world-renowned expert in humane slaughter and farm animal welfare has been selected to lead Animal Welfare Approved’s newly formed Scientific and Technical Advisory Board.
Mohan Raj, reader in farm animal welfare at the University of Bristol, is one of the foremost authorities in the field of humane stunning and slaughter and the developer of a novel and humane slaughter system for poultry and pigs using inert gases. Dr Raj has published over 40 original scientific papers and authored chapters in textbooks and reference books.
Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) was founded in 2006 as a market-based solution to growing consumer interest in how farm animals are raised and a desire to know where their food is coming from and how it is produced. The program has experienced tremendous growth over the past year.
The creation of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board is the next step in aiding the program in retaining its reputation as being driven by practical science while still grounding the standards in the everyday reality of farm life.
AWA program director Andrew Gunther said: “Dr Raj will be instrumental in ensuring AWA standards respect and reflect the needs of the animals and farmers while not compromising good care.
“We are honoured and fortunate to have Dr Raj at the helm of our new board. His experience and knowledge is second to none in the field.”