Electrical Stunning

Acceptable for pigs only, and requires application of a second method; conditionally acceptable for chickens*

Application and Cautions

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Potential Influence on Scientific Data

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*“Electrocution is an adequate method of euthanasia in principle (for chickens), but the insulating characteristics of the feathers may reduce the effectiveness. Focusing electrocution on the head area of the bird may improve the technique” (CCAC guidelines on: the care and use of farm animals in research, teaching and testing, 2009)