Assessment of a specifically developed bullet casing gun for the stunning of water buffaloes

Meichtry, Carmen; Glauser, Urs; Glardon, Matthieu; Ross, Steffen G.; Lechner, Isabel; Kneubühl, Beat P.; Gascho, Dominic; Spadavecchia, Claudia; von Rotz, Alois; Stojiljkovic, Ana; Stoffel, Michael Hubert (2018). Assessment of a specifically developed bullet casing gun for the stunning of water buffaloes. Meat Science, 135, pp. 74-78. Elsevier 10.1016/j.meatsci.2017.09.004

[img] Text
Meichtry_et_al casing gun.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to registered users only
Available under License Publisher holds Copyright.

Download (457kB) | Request a copy

Water buffaloes and cattle differ considerably with respect to the anatomy of the head. As a result, captive bolt stunners often fail to reliably produce adequate loss of consciousness in water buffaloes and, thus, do not fulfill animal welfare requirements. The goal of the present study was to assess and validate a new stunning device for water buffaloes meeting animal welfare and occupational safety requirements. The newly designed bullet casing gun uses .357 Mag/10.2 g hollow point bullets and has additional safety features. Its effectiveness and usability were assessed under practical conditions in an abattoir as based on widely accepted criteria. Stunning resulted in deep unconsciousness in 19 out of 20 water buffaloes. One 9-year old male did not immediately collapse. Except for very old bulls, the device presented herewith provides a means to stun water buffaloes of both sexes effectively and reliably while keeping occupational hazards to a minimum.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic, Interventional and Paediatric Radiology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Anatomy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Physics (Ballistics)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DKV - Anaesthesiology

UniBE Contributor:

Meichtry, Carmen; Glardon, Matthieu; Lechner, Isabel; Kneubühl, Beat P.; Spadavecchia, Claudia; von Rotz, Alois; Stojiljkovic, Ana and Stoffel, Michael Hubert

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0309-1740

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Miriam Francine Heinzelmann

Date Deposited:

17 Apr 2018 09:45

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2018 11:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.meatsci.2017.09.004

PubMed ID:

28938106

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.105617

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/105617

Actions (login required)

Edit item Edit item
Provide Feedback