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  The aims of the course material are to give free access to our current knowledge about handling of animals at the time of slaugher and other types of killing to enable animal-friendly handling of production animals and mink. The material consists of 730 photographs and 170 video films and is developed for Windows and Internet Explorer.  
     
  The course material is divided into modules and sections to provide flexibility to course participants and course leaders. This facilitates choosing the most relevant parts for a specific species or a specific work activity, and also facilitates dividing and using the material at different points in time when there is opportunity for further education. To see which page you are browsing, please refer to the URL bar at the top of the web browser. You will find the total number of pages for the particular section under aims as well as the estimated time required.  
     
  The objectives of Biological principles are to enable you to see the animal’s perspective of the situation at slaughter and other types killing and understand how you directly affect this in your professional role. We recommend that everyone participates in this module.  
     
  The objectives of Legislation are that you should be able to understand the legislation that governs animal protection at slaughter, how it is controlled, and your role in relation to the legal regulations. We recommend that everyone read through this module which is easy-to-read, simple and brief.  
     
  Other sections are divided according to species because the certificate is issued by species. All species-specific material has the same structure that follows the step-by step management procedure: Handling, stunning, use of weapons, and killing. A final section covers consequences and quality for each species.  
     
  The objectives of Handling are that you should be able to handle the animals with consideration of their biological requirements at the slaughterhouse and at the time of other killing.  
     
  The objectives of Stunning are that you should be able to handle and restrain the animals before stunning, while taking into account their basic biological principles. In addition, you should be able to stun animals efficiently and humanely and understand the importance of and how to perform a stunning check.  
     
  The objectives of Use of weapons are to provide knowledge about weapons and equipment that are used for stunning before the slaughter. Additionally, you should understand the importance of the care and maintenance of stunning equipment.  
     
  The objectives of Killing are that you should be able to conduct a proper, efficient and safe bleeding at slaughter and other types of killing. In addition, you should understand the importance of and how to conduct a verification of the killing.  
     
  The objectives of Consequences are that you should be able to understand how poor animal handling can affect the economy and the meat quality (fur quality of fur animals). Additionally, you should be able to understand your own role in preventing the consequences that result from poor animal handling.  
     
  The objectives of Quality are that you should be able to assess animal welfare and participate in the business operator's quality work.  
     
     
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