Arkansas firm has stun method for killing chickens

FORT SMITH, AR (AP) - Poultry processor O.K. Industries in Fort Smith is using a new method to kill chickens that the company says it hopes will be welcomed by people concerned about animal welfare.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the chickens are placed in a sealed chamber where the air pressure is lowered, which stuns the chickens to death or to unconsciousness.

Called the Low Atmospheric Pressure System, the company says the chamber is the only one of its kind in use in the country.

The system provides an alternative to electric stunning or use of carbon dioxide gas to slaughter the birds.

Some groups that oppose eating meat criticize the low-pressure chamber as painful to the chickens.

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