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DEFRA has joined forces with the Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) to fund research into developing more humane methods of slaughter for pigs.
The two organisations are offering up to £400,000 of research funding for a project to develop and validate an alternative stunning method to carbon dioxide (CO2).
The stunning of pigs by direct exposure to high concentrations of CO2 is currently common practice for the commercial slaughter of pigs. The use of CO2 in high concentration is permitted under EU and national regulations and this method is used in …