July 19, 2021


USPOULTRY: Auburn University research evaluates euthanasia methods for large poultry



USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have announced the completion of a funded research project at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, the United States in which researchers evaluated four euthanasia methods for large poultry.


The research was made possible in part by an endowing foundation gift from USPOULTRY staff and is part of the association's comprehensive research programme encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. 


The project, known as "#BRF011: Euthanasia of Large Poultry", was oversaw by Dr. Dianna Bourassa of the Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University.


Dr. Bourassa and her team recently completed a research project with the objective of comparatively evaluating euthanasia methods utilised for both broiler breeders and turkeys. These American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved methods included mechanical cervical dislocation, captive bolt, carbon dioxide inhalation and electrical euthanasia (head-to-cloaca).


The results indicated that all four euthanasia methods were successful for euthanasia of large poultry when properly applied.