We all want the animals whose meat we eat to be treated reasonably.
For us at Tönnies, this means: 100% focus on animal protection for the animals entrusted to us for slaughter.
The path to cattle slaughter in our abattoir in Kempten
Our next goals
By logistics control of livestock transports, we have already reduced the waiting times before unloading the animals. Through an even better coordination between sluggage and animal purchasing, waiting time tips in busy times will be further reduced.
For our proven multilingual on-site and e-learning training courses of our employees, we are strengthening more pictorial and cinematic representations that can be carried out at workplaces over digital terminals.
We are developing a system in order to be able to guarantee our animal welfare standards also with our suppliers. That is why we work closely with our farmers in order to ensure the common goal of animal welfare-compliant husbandry.
Noise and loud noises can be uncomfortable for the animals. As part of a new project, we will further reduce noise pollution in the stable and stunning areas.
As part of temperature management in the hot season, we have begun to equip the waiting areas for the animal trucks with fans with water distraction – due to our positive experiences, we will equip additional locations. For the expansion of video surveillance at our slaughter companies, we introduce intelligent software for automated verification. That must happen in accordance with the privacy law and therefore wants to be well planned.
About the Tönnies Research we continue to post the research for narcotic alternatives for pigs. However, several alternatives studied to this day, however, is not improving the current process. We are working to make CO2 anesthesia even more practical and go beyond the legally required measure. As part of a community project, together with institutions from science and technology, a new variant for anesthesia of cattle is developed. Objectives are both the support of employees when setting the ideal thrust position, as well as the documentation of the stunning process.
Research into animal welfare
What does the research department do at Tönnies?
Act responsibly: transportation, waiting areas, delivery for slaughter, deep stunning, bleeding and checks. We do not rest with the currently available technology but look for alternative stunning methods in order to perform the stunning process in a gentler way. Whether it take the form of gas, foam or other alternatives, at Tönnies Research scientists are working on the concept of stunning.
The four groups of the Advisory Board
It is the task of Tönnies Research to lay the foundation for further scientific findings through the development of basic research in the fields of nutrition, animal husbandry and transportation. An Advisory Board with twelve members, including scientists, animal rights activists and representatives of associations and institutions, discusses research projects and makes decisions.
More information: www.toennies-forschung.de