Remaining lifetime at the slaughterhouse
Before the animals arrive in the slaughterhouse, the farms have sent a "chain information form" to the slaughterhouse containing all of the essential information about the animal's health during rearing and details describing the animal's well-being. Official veterinarians inspect all of the animals before they are slaughtered in the slaughterhouse barn. The chain information and the pre-slaughter inspection enable confirmation that animals fulfil the requirements for transportation and slaughter, ensuring that animal welfare and consumer health are not endangered.
When animals arrive at the slaughterhouse, they are directed by the slaughterhouse personnel into pens in the barn where they can relax before being slaughtered. Water is constantly available and the animals can also be fed in the slaughterhouse barn if necessary. The conditions at the slaughterhouse (temperature, ventilation) are constantly monitored by the slaughterhouse employees themselves. Cattle are directed into individual pens in the slaughterhouse barn and pigs are directed into group sties alongside other pigs from their home farm. Cattle are stunned using a bolt gun and pigs are directed in small groups with others from their home farm for gas stunning. Chickens are transported in cages from the farm to the slaughterhouse and, when they arrive at the slaughterhouse, they are immediately unloaded for gas stunning. Checks are made on the line to ensure that the animals are stunned and exsanguination takes place immediately after stunning.