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13 May 2021

Humane Slaughter Association

Media Release 

13 May 2021

Positive feedback for HSA’s first webinar

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) held its first webinar, Slaughter of Livestock – keeping it close to home at the end of last month. 


The event was extremely well received with delegates joining in on the discussions and question and answer session from around the UK and across the globe.  The presentations covered why abattoirs are closing, the advantages and disadvantages of small and mobile abattoirs, practical considerations of mobile slaughter units and the challenges and opportunities for small abattoirs from the point of view of a small abattoir operator.  There was also a presentation on recent developments of mobile slaughter units in The Netherlands.


HSA’s Technical Director Charlie Mason said: “This was the first HSA webinar and we are very pleased at the response.  The HSA's previous one-day seminars have attracted around 100 delegates and the webinar's final attendance tally was 392, with attendees from afar afield as Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia!  The six presentations were excellent and all focused on the potential benefits to animal welfare from the availability of local slaughter facilities.  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the seven speakers for their valued contributions."


The recording of the event is now available to view.  It is free to watch but the HSA is asking people, if they are able, to consider making a donation to the charity to enable it to continue its vital work helping to improve the welfare of livestock animals beyond the farm gate.  None of the HSA’s work, including this webinar, would be possible without the generosity of members and supporters.





Note to Editors:


The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is an independent charity recognised internationally for promoting scientific, technical and educational advances towards improving the welfare of food animals worldwide at slaughter, killing, marketing and transport.


Its work includes researching, refining and demonstrating humane slaughter methods, publishing material such as guidelines, best practice, books and videos, funding research projects and the development of equipment. Specialist technical staff provide expert and practical advice on all welfare issues relating to food animals.


The HSA is funded by voluntary donations, subscriptions and legacies.


For more information about the HSA’s work call 01582 831919, email or visit