The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is producing a series of technical information posters that illustrate how to use slaughter equipment correctly.

The posters have been designed for display in slaughterhouses at the relevant processing points. Three posters have now been completed: stunning cattle with captive-bolt equipment; electrical stunning of sheep; and use of mechanical percussive devices for poultry.

The poultry poster is also suitable for display on-farm, as the type of equipment involved can be used as an emergency culling tool.

Already in use in a number of abattoirs and in Animal Health offices across the UK, the posters are designed to encourage best practice with clear and concise information for operating staff.

Additional red meat posters are planned for further species and equipment.

They can be viewed at the HSA website (, where a printable order form is available, or ordered from the HSA office at The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8AN, telephone 01582 831919.

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