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AMI Foundation Unveils 2002 Editions of Animal Handling Guidelines

Thursday, February 21, 2002

Kansas City, MO--The AMI Foundation today released 2002 editions of its Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines for Meat Packers and Good Management Practices for Animal Handling and Stunning. The documents were updated by their original author, leading animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, Ph.D., of Colorado State University.

The documents were released at the 2002 AMI Foundation Animal Handling and Stunning Conference in Kansas City, where nearly 300 members of the meat and poultry industry will participate in two days of instruction geared at enhancing transportation, handling and stunning to improve overall livestock welfare.

Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines for Meat Packers clearly illustrate optimal handling and stunning practices to minimize livestock stress. Good Management Practices for Animal Handling and Stunning outline objective criteria that can be used to perform self-audits and “score” welfare in plants. In revising the documents, new information has been added, including information on CO2 stunning, which is being embraces among some pork companies in the U.S. since the documents were first published.

“Optimal animal handling practices are ethically appropriate and make good business sense,” said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. “The meat and poultry industry recognizes their responsibility to livestock and the many benefits of ensuring good welfare. This recognition is clearly demonstrated by the record turnout at the 2002 Animal Handling and Stunning Conference.”

Both documents may be downloaded from AMI’s portal http://www.meatinstitute.org in the animal welfare section.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory and public relations services, conducts scientific and economic research, offers marketing and technical assistance and sponsors education programs.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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