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Impact des conditions de pré-abattage sur le stress et le bien-être des animaux d'élevage

Abstract : Despite progress made in recent years, the pre-slaughter period remains stressful for animals. Current slaughter procedures involve regrouping and mixing animals, removing them from their familiar environment and introducing them into unfamiliar settings, transporting, handling, and depriving them of food, and are sometimes associated with poor quality of surroundings. These often cause stress, which can be both physical (fatigue, hunger, pain, discomfort) and psychological (fear, social stress). Stunning techniques are sometimes poorly controlled or unsuitable. Slaughter procedures cause behavioural, physiological and metabolic responses that are used to determine the animal's stress levels. To improve animal welfare, further knowledge of the exact causes of stress is required. The possible negative effects of stress responses on meat quality are also briefly addressed.
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Claudia Terlouw, Cécile Arnould, Benoît Auperin, Cécile Berri, Elisabeth Le Bihan-Duval, et al.. Impact des conditions de pré-abattage sur le stress et le bien-être des animaux d'élevage. Productions animales, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, 2007, 20 (1), pp.93-100. ⟨hal-02667356⟩

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