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This examination of whether there are good physiological and economic reasons for limiting the final journey to the abattoir of animals intended for immediate slaughter leads to the conclusions that transportation is a critical period for the animal but the effects of transport can be alleviated by good conditions and handling. There is also much evidence that careful handling reduces bruising to livestock and thus to the carcass and that most of such damage occurs at loading and unloading if the facilities for those procedures and the way in which they are carried out are unsatisfactory. As a generalisation, consideration of all the available and relevant scientific information, both experimental and that obtained by observation under normal working conditions, indicates that attention to the preparation of livestock prior to transport, improved loading and unloading facilities at the beginning and end of transport, and improved handling and physical transport conditions would all result in improved animal welfare during transport of livestock to slaughter.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9556 EN (1985) MF, 71 P., BFR 150, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 355, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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