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New Opinion Published on Welfare of Farmed Fish at the Time of Killing

13 June 2014

UK - The Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) has published its Opinion on the Welfare of Farmed Fish at the Time of Killing. This considers the welfare of farmed fish once the decision has been taken to kill them, whether for harvest for human consumption, to reduce the population or for emergency purposes.

Peter Jinman, FAWC Chairman, said: “FAWC recognises that the aquaculture industry and others have addressed this subject seriously since FAWC’s last Report on the issue in 1996 and have made many improvements to the welfare of farmed fish at the time of killing.”

The Chairman continued: “FAWC has assessed the scientific literature and consulted with the industry, the research community and other experts in order to reach conclusions on killing methods we consider should and should not be used and why, as well as making recommendations on management, husbandry, training and research issues.”

Peter Jinman concluded: “Farmed fish are currently not afforded the same regulatory protection as other farmed animals at the time of killing. This Opinion gives FAWC an opportunity to influence progress at European and domestic levels with well researched and clearly expressed advice."

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