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with the enriched environment.
Wayne Farms' engagement huts
are triangular, plastic structures
designed to withstand pecking and
scratching as well as provide shelter
for the chickens. Sterling said the
company is working closely with
GAP and sharing the results of its
called controlled atmosphere stunning (CAS) - is a great potential
way to enhance welfare because
it minimizes bird handling and potential injuries created by removing the birds from coops, being
placed on the belt and shackled
while they are still alive.
As for CAS, Shepard said he
doesn't think there's a perfect solution on controlled atmosphere versus
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conventional stunning just yet. Hanging conscious birds is problematic
and, ideally, birds would be stunned
in the coop, he said.
Another possible technical
innovation to reduce human
handling of birds, and therefore
potential harm, is an automated
catching system, Torrey said.
Machines collecting the chickens
inside the house, combined with
CAS at the processing plant,
could potentially provide the best
animal welfare by almost completely eliminating the need for
handling. Additional research into
these technologies is necessary,
she said, but it is potentially a
great leap forward for welfare.
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