Council Regulations (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, and 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport, regulate the legal requirements related to arrival and lairage management.

Extracts from both Regulations that are particularly relevant to animal welfare at slaughterhouses are listed for three focus areas for inspections. Also, basic requirements on procedures, responsibilities and competence are given:

  • Procedures
  • Arrival at the slaughterhouse
  • Handling and moving
  • Comfort around resting

Listed below are requirements citing the literal text of the directives without being comprehensive. Moreover, there might be stricter national legislation in place. The review on arrival and lairage management at pig slaughterhouses describes the requirements in more detail.