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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain slaughter procedures and related animal welfare concerns 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261557  Explain slaughter procedures and related animal welfare concerns 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Animal Protection Standards 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard focuses on the legalities and welfare concerns for formal and informal slaughter of production animals. Learners credited with it will be able to:
  • Define different categories of slaughtering animals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legislation that relates directly to slaughter.
  • Identify species that are legally slaughtered in an abattoir for human and non-human consumption.
  • Describe the slaughter process in red meat abattoirs.
  • Describe the slaughter process in white meat abattoirs. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define different categories of slaughtering animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Slaughtering methods are identified and described in terms of how slaughtering occurs outside of an abattoir. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Typical species of animals that are slaughtered are identified in terms of the uses and slaughter methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Slaughtering methods are classified into cultural, traditional and religious slaughter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methods are described of the different slaughter processes undertaken by the various groups. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Animal welfare concerns are identified as they relate to cultural, religious and traditional slaughter methods. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of legislation that relates directly to slaughter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Applicable current legislation and codes of practice for slaughter are identified and described in terms of their scope of coverage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legislation, guidelines and Codes of Practice are described in terms of assisting in deciding whether or not to prosecute or to take other appropriate courses of action. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify species that are legally slaughtered in an abattoir for human and non-human consumption. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Abattoirs are defined in terms of their function and how they operate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Species permitted to be slaughtered in abattoirs are identified in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The difference between slaughtering for human consumption and for non-human consumption is explained in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Related live animal by-products of the industry are identified and described in terms of their development and use. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the slaughter process in red meat abattoirs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview of the slaughter process is given encompassing transport, holding, facilities, handling and slaughter methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Slaughter methods in red meat abattoirs are explained in terms of different religious, cultural and traditional methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Welfare concerns are identified for the different systems and methods of slaughter. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe the slaughter process in white meat abattoirs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview of the slaughter process is given encompassing transport, holding, facilities, handling and slaughter methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Welfare concerns are identified for the different systems and methods of slaughter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Slaughter methods in white meat abattoirs are explained in terms of different religious, cultural and traditional methods. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of this unit standard should be contextual and practical.
  • Assessors and moderators must be registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • Assessors should be in possession of a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the level of this unit standard or have at least 5 years relevant practical experience.
  • Training providers must be accredited by a relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A firm understanding of the slaughter process whether formal or informal. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking when giving examples of animal welfare concerns relating to cultural, religious, and traditional slaughter and how these might be addressed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and one's personal activities when preparing oneself to give the various explanations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when preparing for explanations of relevant legislation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using oral or written language skills when explaining slaughter methods for different species in different environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems when considering how to reduce cruelty and distress to animals in abattoirs and during traditional slaughter. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65229   Further Education and Training Certificate: Animal Protection  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  LG SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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