Royal Veterinary College — Halal Poultry Slaughter Research

Organization Name 
Award Date 
1/2019
Grant Amount 
$130,850
Purpose 
To support research into a more humane method of halal poultry slaughter.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Amanda Hungerford

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of £100,000 ($130,850 at the time of conversion) to Royal Veterinary College to investigate a more humane method of halal poultry slaughter. Controlled atmosphere slaughter techniques, which are among the most commonly used stunning systems, are not currently approved by halal authorities. Royal Veterinary College intends to use these funds to investigate a new method of stunning that would both be approved by halal authorities and allow chickens to be individually stunned, potentially reducing suffering for more than 100 million chickens slaughtered in halal facilities in Europe each year.

This is a discretionary grant and falls within our focus area of farm animal welfare.