UCC AND UDS ADOPT STUNNING OF ANIMALS PRIOR TO SLAUGHTER, AS A WAY OF MINIMIZING PAIN AND SUFFERING OF ANIMALS DURING SLAUGHTER.
The University of Cape Coast (UCC), and the University for Development Studies (UDS) have adopted the use of captive bolt stunners prior to slaughter of livestock for consumption.
Stunning animals prior to slaughter, renders them unconscious and thus do not feel the pain associated with the slaughter. It also prevents the animals from struggling excessively, as this could cause injury to the animal, as well as the personnel doing the slaughter.
This came up after the First Animal Welfare Symposium organized in the University of Cape Coast and in Tamale, Ghana. The stunners were donated to the Institutions by the “Eyes on Animals” (EoA), an NGO based in the Netherlands.
The Institutions are appealing to all other slaughterhouses in Ghana, to adopt the use of stunners when slaughtering animals, to minimize pain, as well as improve the quality of the resulting meat.