Animal Welfare aspects of the killing and skinning of seals - Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Animal Health and Welfare


Panel on Animal Health and Welfare
Panel Members
The Scientific Panel for Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) of the European Food Safety Authority adopted the current Scientific Opinion on 6 December 2007. The Members of the AHAW Scientific Panel were: Bo Algers, Harry J. Blokhuis, Donald M. Broom, Patrizia Costa, Mariano Domingo, Mathias Greiner, Daniel Guemene, Jörg Hartung, Frank Koenen, Christine Muller-Graf, David B. Morton, Albert Osterhaus, Dirk U. Pfeiffer, Ron Roberts, Moez Sanaa, Mo Salman, J. Michael Sharp, Philippe Vannier, Martin Wierup, Marion Wooldridge.

The European Food Safety Authority on behalf the Scientific Panel on Animal Health and
Welfare wishes to thank the Working Group for preparing the Scientific Report, which has
been used as a basis of this Scientific Opinion. The working group was chaired by the AHAW
Panel Member Prof David B. Morton. Members of the Working Group were:
Morton, D.B. (Chairman); Ersbøll, A.K., Nunes Pina, T. (Risk Assessors); Algers, B.; Boyd I.;
Daoust, P-Y; Hartung, J.; Kirkman, S.P., Lambooij, B.; Lavigne, D. M.; Raj, M.; Stenson, G.B..
Prof. Egil Ole Øen and Prof. Tore Haug are gratefully acknowledged for their valuable
comments and contributions. Prof. Temple Grandin is also acknowledged for her comments
and valuable remarks.
The AHAW Panel also would like to thank the stakeholders organisations for the valuable
comments and suggestions provided on the draft Scientific Opinion and for the enormous
amount of information provided (including video material) which was evaluated by the WG
Members and when considered pertinent included in the Scientific Opinion.
The AHAW Panel acknowledges the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety, that,
following a general request for input by the EFSA Advisory Forum, adopted a Scientific
Opinion on animal welfare aspects of the killing and skinning of seals in the Norwegian hunt,
which was taken into consideration in this Scientific Opinion.
The scientific coordination for this Scientific Opinion has been undertaken by the EFSA
AHAW Panel Scientific Officers E. Aiassa, S. Barbieri and O. Ribó.

Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
Question Number
6 December 2007
Published in the EFSA Journal
19 December 2007
Last Updated
15 February 2008. This version replaces the previous one/s.
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy

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seal welfare, stunning, killing, bleeding, skinning, seal hunting, consciousness, unconsciousness.
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