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Animal welfare
Providing water for animals at slaughter
  1. John Cranley1
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In the UK, we are blessed with an abundant supply of water for all creatures. However, there are clear examples of dehydration in animals being sent for slaughter.

Farm animals transported for up to 12 hours without access to water, especially in high ambient temperatures, may become severely dehydrated (Vanderhasselt 2013). This is manifested in increased dead animals being found at unloading at abattoirs during the warmer months in many species, and is particularly prominent in pigs and poultry.

Ruminants in general retain fluid for long periods (Degen 1977). While far from ideal, sheep have been transported for over 400 miles before being given access to water …

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