Humane Methods of Slaughter Act: USDA Inspectors' Views on Enforcement (GAO-10-244SP), February 2010, an E-supplement to GAO-10-203

Stunning at this Establishment

15. Which methods of stunning does this establishment use?
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16. Does the establishment have and follow a maintenance procedure for the stunning device(s) or gun(s)?
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17. How well is the stunning device(s) or gun(s) maintained?
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18. Do any of the following signs alone generally indicate that livestock are sensible on the rail in your establishment?
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  a. Natural blinking
  b. Rear leg(s) kicking
  c. Lifting head straight up and keeping it up (righting reflex)
  d. Tail moving
  e. Rhythmic breathing
  f. Vocalizing
   

19. Based on your experience, to what extent do the judgments of FSIS staff (including inspectors, supervisors, and district and headquarters personnel) differ on which signs of sensibility should result in a suspension, regulatory control action, or NR?
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20. If they differ, please describe one or more examples of differences, and any actions FSIS could take to reduce differences.

21. About what percentage of animals at this establishment are prodded with an electric prod in the alley(s) and stun box entrance?
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