THE Division of Agriculture (DA) mentioned it has set a normal for the humane and hygienic slaughter of rabbits for human consumption.
“There’s a want to make sure the hygienic slaughtering of rabbits to safeguard the well being of the consuming public from zoonoses and different hazards together with the event of requirements for hygienic and humane slaughtering of rabbits and inspection,” the DA mentioned in an administrative order.
In accordance with the order, rabbits to be slaughtered should be sourced from farms licensed for good animal husbandry apply (GAHP).
Meat inspection will probably be carried out within the slaughterhouse premises by licensed Nationwide Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) or native authorities unit (LGU) meat inspectors.
The documentary necessities embody veterinary well being certificates and delivery permits.
“Solely wholesome rabbits that are free from any animal illnesses, veterinary drug residues, hormones, progress promotants, heavy metals and pesticides and different bodily organic and chemical hazards or contaminants shall be allowed to be slaughtered for meals,” in keeping with the order.
Rabbits awaiting slaughter should even be dealt with in cruelty-free situations, the division mentioned. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson