City gets pneumatic stunner for abattoir PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 11:48

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. yesterday announced the arrival of a pneumatic stunner that will aid in the city’s compliance with international animal welfare standards.

The pneumatic stunner is an endowment from the National Meat Inspectors Service (NMIS) in collaboration with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the Australian government as part of the Improved Animal Welfare Program (IAWP) of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Accompanying the stunner are two units 240-volt compressors which, the city administrator said, will be installed at the city’s slaughterhouse as soon as it has been inspected by the City Accountant’s Office.

Also included in the assistance package are installation and training support on operation and maintenance.

Orendain disclosed that the city’s abattoir is among the ten government-run slaughterhouses in the country chosen to receive a grant in the form of a P1 million pneumatic stunner from the Australian government through the NMIS.

“We need to construct a restraining box to be used in conjunction with the pneumatic stunner,” he explained. “While we are still constructing the said box, we will put up a temporary box so we can begin using the equipment.”

The said restraining box will ensure that the animal to be stunned is properly and adequately restrained.

A pneumatic stunner is a devised used in abattoirs to stun an animal so that it is unconscious and insensible to pain when it is bled out. This method is one of the humane ways of slaughter and complies with the requirements for animal welfare.