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stun

(stŭn),
To stupefy; to render unconscious by cerebral trauma.
[A.S. stunian, to make a loud noise]

stun

(stun) to knock senseless; to render unconscious by a blow or other force.

stun

(stŭn) [Fr. estoner, to shake]
To render unconscious, e.g. by an electrical shock or trauma to the head.
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The thought was almost like a physical blow in the face--it stunned me.
Gradgrind, stunned as usual, collapsed and gave it up.
The BVA said "There is a high risk that if the parameters in electrical waterbath stunning for poultry killed in accordance with religious rites' are not correctly set and implemented, a percentage of those birds may be immobilised rather than stunned and therefore still conscious at the time of slaughter, causing avoidable animal suffering.
Most animals passing through abattoirs in the UK are stunned to render them unconscious prior to being slaughtered, but some religions insist that the meat they eat come from animals that were not stunned prior to being slaughtered.
THE National Sheep Association (NSA) has welcomed the concept of new meat labelling laws that differentiate between animals that are stunned at slaughter and those that are not.
UK Food Standards Agency figures from 2011 suggest 84 per cent of cattle, 81 per cent of sheep and 88 per cent of chickens slaughtered for halal meat were stunned before they died.
A BIG debate has taken place in Britain this week over halal and kosher meat being sold by restaurants and supermarkets without labelling - and the fact that at a number of UK abattoirs some animals slaughtered under these systems are not being stunned beforehand.
In Australia, cattle are stunned prior to slaughter using a penetrative captive bolt, non-penetrative (percussive) captive bolt, or electrical methods, and, according to Gregory and Shaw (2000), when stunning is done correctly, the animal feels no pain and becomes instantly unconscious.
Bill Reilly said two million are dying in agony every year because they are not stunned first.
A second high-profile incident occurred in September 2009, when the same officer who stunned Van Ornum used his Taser to subdue an unarmed UO student from China who had been mistaken as a trespasser inside his own apartment.
Some animals were stunned using a captive bolt pistol humane slaughter.
We believe all animals and poultry should be stunned before slaughter.