The American Humane Association has accepted as humane a controlled-atmosphere stunning method called Low Atmospheric Pressure System. The technology features a euthanasia chamber in which live-haul cages are placed and oxygen volume is reduced to irreversibly stun broilers. Unlike other controlled-atmosphere systems, LAPS does not use gases.
Tim Amlaw, vice president of AHA's farm animal welfare program, says LAPS is - another important milestone in our mission to advance the most humane methods of handling farm animals. The technology was developed by Fort Smith, Arkansas-based OK Foods in conjunction with a poultry harvesting company and scientists at Mississippi State University.
On its web page, the American Humane Association says its program is the - first welfare certification program in the United States to ensure the humane treatment of farm animals. The American Humane Certified program provides third-party, independent verification that certified producers' care and handling of farm animals meet the science-based animal welfare standards of American Humane.