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Guidance for abattoirs

Guidance on running an abattoir including information on regulations, licensing, inspections and penalties can be found at GOV.UK – Welfare of animals at the time of killing. Information for knacker’s yards, small-scale producers and private individuals is also available.

Our advice leaflet on the disposal of animal by-products provides more information.


A range of legislation now exists that governs the management of livestock and their slaughter.
See GOV.UK – Meat production and hygiene for details.