During the process of creating the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition, the Panel on Euthanasia (POE) determined that euthanasia, depopulation and slaughter are different activities conducted in different environments with correspondingly different considerations for how animals are appropriately handled. As such, the POE recommended addressing these activities separately and creating expert panels and reports addressing the specifics of each.
The content of the DRAFT AVMA Guidelines for the Humane Slaughter of Animals reflects the AVMA’s on-going concern for the ethical treatment of animals at the end of life. The Guidelines address slaughter from the point of off-loading to the death of the animal and have been developed for use by members of the veterinary profession who carry out or oversee the humane slaughter of hoofstock, poultry, rabbits and fish with the objective of providing guidance about how to prevent pain and distress in animals that have been designated for slaughter in accordance with the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (HMSA).
We’re inviting members to provide comments on the DRAFT document using the member comment form; both are posted on our website. Comments should be submitted, using the form provided, via email to email@example.com through Sept. 30. Your input into the DRAFT of the AVMA Guidelines for the Humane Slaughter of Animals is a vital part of the review process, and we urge you to take a look and let us know your thoughts. Once all the comments have been gathered, they will be part of the final discussions leading up to publication of a new slaughter guidelines document.