Pigs more humanely slaughtered

BEIJING - Instead of being beaten into the slaughterhouse with sticks, pigs in one pork plant in Beijing now quietly wait their turn to the sounds of light piano music.
calendar icon 17 March 2003
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Sunday's Beijing Daily reported that the unexpected soothing effect of music on pigs may make the noisy and bustling scene in slaughterhouses a thing of the past.

According to one staff with the plant, pigs here will spend twelve hours listening to music in the waiting room before being slaughtered.

Since there is no special music for pigs, they just broadcast soft and pleasant light music in order to calm the pigs down.

The general manager of the plant explained that pigs often become excited and frightened when entering an unfamiliar environment after long-distance transportation. The excretion from hypothyroids and other glands as well as the loss of water deriving from this can degrade the quality of meat.

The enjoyment of twelve hours of rest accompanied by pleasant music is not only humane to pigs but also could greatly improve the quality of meat, said the manager.

Source: Xinhua via COMTEX - March 2003
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