Effect of a low voltage with a high frequency electrical stunning on unconsciousness in slaughter pigs

B. Lambooij, G.S.M. Merkus, N. van Voorst, C. Pieterse

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    Abstract

    Effects of low voltage and high frequency electrical stunning of slaughter pigs was examined. Forty slaughter pigs were positioned for stunning while lying on a beam in a cage and stunned with 240 V with 800 Hz during 3 s passing the brain and 125 V with 50 Hz during 3 s passing the heart. Before the treatment the animals were equipped with electroencephalogram and electrocardiogram electrodes. Behaviour and reflexes were observed. After stunning the pigs showed a widened pupil, uncoordinated corneal reflexes and no reaction to needle stitches in the leg. The external appearance existed of a tonic cramp, alternatively clonic cramps followed by relaxation. All pigs showed the characteristics of a general epileptiform insult on the EEG and a fibrillation except one with a cardiac arrest on the ECG. It was concluded that electrical head stunning using this high frequency combined with heart stunning using this lowfrequency is an effective method of stunning slaughter pigs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1327-1328
    JournalFleischwirtschaft
    Volume76
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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