Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing

Guidance on animal welfare for slaughterhouses, knacker's yards, small-scale producers and private individuals.

These guides help you comply with the following regulations to minimise pain, distress or suffering of an animal when it’s killed:

Licensing, inspections and penalties

  1. Slaughterhouses, knacker's yards and farms: inspections and penalties

    • Detailed guide
  2. Get a certificate of competence or licence to slaughter or kill animals

    • Detailed guide

Domestic and small-scale slaughter

  1. Slaughter poultry, livestock and rabbits for home consumption

    • Detailed guide
  2. Slaughtering poultry, rabbits and hares on farms for small-scale suppliers

    • Detailed guide