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Butchers, livestock handlers and vets in Cape Coast schooled on humane slaughter of animals

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The Meat Processing Unit of the School of Agriculture, UCC and the West Africa Centre for the Protection of Animal Welfare in collaboration with Eyes on Animals, a non-governmental organization have organized a training on the use of humane slaughter equipment in killing animals for consumption.

The training focused on equipping participants with the skills on using humane slaughter equipment called the stunner to minimize injury and pain to personnel and slaughter animals.

Speaking to the media, Dr. Moses Teye, senior lecturer at the Department of Animal Science and coordinator for the meat processing unit, called on consumers to always insist on quality and purchase meat from the appropriate slaughter houses.

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Dr. Moses Teye

On her part, the coordinator of Eyes on Animals, Lesley Moffat, reiterated that using the stunner helps reduce pain in animals. She encouraged butchers to adapt humane methods of killing animals.

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 Lesley Moffat

The training had in attendance butchers in UCC and from the Cape Coast regional slaughter house, livestock handlers, veterinary technicians and students of meat science.

The chair of the central regional butchers’ association, Denjiman Modi, spoke to the media on how beneficial the training had been.