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Process description

Before the actual slaughtering process the animals are anaesthetised. This is to save the unnecessary pain to the animals. Common methods include: 

  • Captive bolt pistol (targeted shot to the brain)
  • Electrical anaesthesia (electric shock, usually with water bath)
  • Use of CO2 (loss of consciousness due to lack of oxygen)

Messer solution

The anaesthesia of pigs is increasingly carried out with the help of CO2-systems. Cages carrying small groups of animals are transported into a pit containing a COor a CO2/argon mixture which causes the animals to lose consciousness. After the stunning process, the pigs are raised out of the pit and slaughtered before further processing takes place.


  • Good results in meat quality
  • Guaranteed anaesthetic effect