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Humane Slaughter Association Charity Profile
The HSA is an independent registered charity. It is the only UK charity concerned exclusively in promoting the humane treatment of all food animals worldwide, including cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, fish and minority species such as deer, in markets, during transport, and at slaughter. It works through research, education, training and technical advances to bring real, practical and lasting improvements in food animal welfare.
The majority of the population in many parts of the world eats meat and, despite changing attitudes, this is likely to continue. Slaughter is never pleasant, but it can be humane, and growing numbers of people are interested and concerned about the welfare of the animals that provide them with food.
Significant improvements continue to be achieved by the HSA through working constructively alongside agricultural, meat industry, veterinary and other welfare and professional organisations.
The HSA has built an international reputation for being a reliable, knowledgeable and practical organisation, with a sound understanding of livestock and livestock handling. In the 1920s it introduced the now almost universal mandatory use of stunning equipment at slaughter, replacing primitive and unreliable methods. Since then it has been responsible
for many of the reforms taken for granted.