2131890e-598b-49f7-ae51-66a6c7f2c69bRALEIGH, NC (January 27, 2017)–Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is pleased to announce that the world renowned Bristol University is coming to the U.S. to carry out a series of two-day welfare trainings for slaughter plants. The training events are organized through a partnership between AWA and Bristol University in Langford, UK, and are part of an ongoing commitment to facilitate training in all aspects of high-welfare livestock production.
Two courses will be available: one aimed at plants handling red meat species on March 7-8, 2017 and the other for poultry on March 9-10, 2017. The courses will appeal to plant owners and operators who are looking to further demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare and their understanding of the science behind the slaughter process–and improve the quality of their final product.  The courses will cover:
  • Animal behavior, consciousness and sensibility, and stress in animals
  • Practical aspects of handling and restraining animals
  • Practical aspects of stunning techniques and knowledge of manufacturers’ instructions on the type of stunning equipment used
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of stunning and the absence of signs of life
  • Back-up stunning and/or killing methods
  • Appropriate use and maintenance of bleeding knives
Attendees who successfully complete the courses will qualify as an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) or Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO).  The course normally costs $750 per attendee, per course; however, AWA is pleased to offer a limited number of applicants the introductory rate of $350 per course–or $700 for both courses. Scholarships may be available to plants already working with AWA–please inquire for details.
For further information about the course contact or call 202-546-5292.
A Greener World (AGW) identifies, audits, certifies and promotes practical, sustainable farming systems by supporting farmers and ranchers and informing consumers. AGW’s growing family of trusted certifications includes Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGWCertified Grassfed by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW. Each program is designed to have positive and measurable impacts on the environment, society and animals, and to encourage truly sustainable farming practices. AGW’s standards and procedures are robust, transparent and achievable.A nonprofit funded by public donations, A Greener World offers a range of resources to help people make informed food choices, including an Online Directory of certified farms and products and Food Labels Exposed–a definitive guide to food label claims (available in print, online, and as a smartphone app). For more information visit ANIMAL WELFARE APPROVED
Animal Welfare Approved certifies and supports farmers raising their animals according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. Consumer Reports has acknowledged Animal Welfare Approved as the only “highly meaningful” label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability. All standards, policies and procedures are available on the AWA website, which along with AWA’s ISO 17065 accreditation demonstrates the highest level of transparency and accountability.

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