The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has announced the winner of its 2014 award for significant advances in humane slaughter.

The award won won by Bert Lambooij DVM of the Animal Science Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Dr Lambooij’s work, which has been covered in more than 100 peer-reviewed papers since 1995, has looked at fundamental research on aspects of neurophysiology.

His research has also helped develop novel technologies for improved stunning for fish, broiler chickens and pigs – the latter, for example, leading to the development of a new restraining system that not only improves animal welfare, but also meat quality, and consequently is now used in slaughterhouses worldwide.

Much of Dr Lambooij’s work has related to refining existing slaughter and husbandry techniques. He has shown improvement of pig welfare through environmental enrichment improves ability to cope with stressful situations at slaughter.

His work has also included mobile slaughter and methods to safeguard and monitor farmed fish welfare. HSA chief executive Robert Hubrecht presented the award to Dr Lambooij at the Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science conference organised by the HSA’s sister charity, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), in York on June 26.

The HSA is an independent charity that works through educational, scientific and technical advances to improve the welfare of food animals worldwide during transport, marketing, slaughter and killing for welfare reasons or disease control.

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