Air-powered stun gun proves effective for euthanizing piglets

Researchers are finding that farmers and stock people previously reluctant to euthanize animals are more willing to do it using the Zephyr gun they have developed


An air-powered stun gun called the Zephyr could become the instrument of choice for pig farmers and stock workers to euthanize young pigs up to nine kilograms.

Tina Widowski, a professor in the department of poultry and animal sciences at the University of Guelph and the director of the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, is the principal investigator looking into the effectiveness of the Zephyr and its ease of use for stock workers and farmers.

Better Pork - February 2012