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High-voltage stunning of slaughter pigs

High-voltage stunning of slaughter pigs

Fleischwirtschaft 63(3): 387-392, 395-397

Bitemporal application of a charge of 70V for up to 10 seconds resulted in an epileptiform attack in only 50% of pigs, indicating that this low voltage method did not guarantee effective stunning and was not in accordance with requirements of German legislation on animal welfare and slaughter. 300 V for 2 seconds, giving a current flow of 1.25 A or more, triggered an epileptiform attack lasting for at least 50 seconds, thus giving long-lasting and efficient stunning.

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