You may need to comply with this code if you are responsible for the management of animals of various species at slaughtering establishments (abattoirs, slaughter-houses and knackeries).
This code provides guidelines to ensure the efficient, considerate treatment of animals so that stress is minimised. It includes information about emergency slaughter of sick, crippled and 'downer' animals.
Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. However, by complying with this code you can demonstrate that you have met your legal obligations. Proving that you have complied with this code can be used as a defence against a charge of cruelty or aggravated cruelty to animals.