RELIGIOUS SLAUGHTER: EXAMPLES OF PRACTICES IN ITALY

  • B. Catanese | lucia.zoppi@pagepress.org Sezione di Ispezione degli Alimenti di Origine Animale - Dipartimento di Scienze Biopatologiche - Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy.
  • P. Sechi Sezione di Ispezione degli Alimenti di Origine Animale - Dipartimento di Scienze Biopatologiche - Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy.
  • A. Cuccurese Azienda USL Reggio Emilia - Dipartimento Sanità Pubblica, Italy.
  • A. Poeta Azienda USL Reggio Emilia - Dipartimento Sanità Pubblica, Italy.
  • G. De Angelis Azienda USL Roma B - Dipartimento di Prevenzione, Italy.
  • P. Marini Azienda USL Roma B - Dipartimento di Prevenzione, Italy.
  • C. Mattiacci Azienda USL 2 Perugia - Servizio Igiene Alimenti O.A. - Area TM, Italy.
  • R. Rossi Azienda USL 3 - Servizio Veterinario Area Ispezione Alimenti O.A. - Distretto di Foligno, Italy.
  • R. Pezzato Azienda Sanitaria Locale Viterbo, Italy.
  • B. Cenci Goga Sezione di Ispezione degli Alimenti di Origine Animale - Dipartimento di Scienze Biopatologiche - Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy.

Abstract

The present study aimed at identifying the procedures for current methods of religious slaughter. It consisted of spot visits in abattoirs carried out from October 2008 to March 2009 in Italy. The species covered were cattle, sheep and poultry. During this period, five abattoirs in three different Italian regions were assessed. All the animals were slaughtered without stunning. A reliable protocol was developed to record each animal during slaughter, to get 329 minutes and 28 seconds of video. 313 animals were observed by video image analysis for both halal slaughter and shechita. Observed parameters are discussed in the light of animal welfare. Remarks on restraining methods as well as post-cut clinical indicators of consciousness are considered.

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2011-01-08
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Animal welfare, religious slaughter, pain, consciousness, video image analysis
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Catanese, B., Sechi, P., Cuccurese, A., Poeta, A., De Angelis, G., Marini, P., Mattiacci, C., Rossi, R., Pezzato, R., & Cenci Goga, B. (2011). RELIGIOUS SLAUGHTER: EXAMPLES OF PRACTICES IN ITALY. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 1(1zero), 203-208. https://doi.org/10.4081/ijfs.2011.864

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