This dossier summarizes key information for inspectors on issues related to welfare of pigs arriving, being handled and in lairage of slaughterhouses.

The dossier is based on EURCAW-Pigs’ “Review on arrival and lairage management at pig slaughterhouses

After arrival at the slaughterhouse, and in addition to preslaughter-stress, pigs are confronted with an entirely new environment which they have to cope with. This dossier highlights the following three key areas relevant for animal welfare and thereby of relevance for inspections: (1) arrival management, (2) handling and moving in lairage, and (3) comfort around resting. The stunning and slaughter process itself is not included, and will be dealt with in a separate review.

Important publications

    Each EURCAW-Pigs dossier addresses the following 5 items: Legislation', ‘Welfare indicators’, ‘Knowledge’, Inspiring examples', and 'Training courses'.