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1. the killing of animals for the preparation of meat for human consumption. Many methods are used. See also emergency slaughter, captive bolt pistol, carbon dioxide anesthesia, jewish slaughter, muslim slaughter, pithing, puntilla, shechita, sikh slaughter.
2. destruction of animals because they are diseased, e.g. in test-and-slaughter programs.
see emergency slaughter.
Danish slaughter data system
a detailed system for keeping data on slaughter and meat inspection of pigs in Denmark. Based on tattooing of all pigs and a code for meat inspection findings with all information stored on a computer system.
slaughter hall, slaughter floor
the part of an abattoir in which the slaughtering is conducted.
slaughter and disposal of infected animals as a tool in the eradication of disease. Those slaughtered may be infected or be positive reactors or in-contact animals.
enlargement and congestion of the spleen with hemorrhages under the capsule which occur in some slaughter methods.
stunning either with a hammer or by electric shock followed by shackling and lifting, then by opening of the jugular vein.