The CAS method involves the use of a gas mixture to render chickens unconscious before slaughter.
â€œWhile our research has concluded controlled atmosphere stunning may be an acceptable alternative, we have not currently found it to be more humane than conventional electrical stunning,â€ said Bill Lovette, senior group vice president of Poultry and Prepared Foods for Tyson Foods
â€œWe’re going to continue to use the conventional method of stunning in our poultry plants because we believe it’s humane and effective. However, we also believe there’s merit in the continued study of CAS and other technology. We’re going to ask the agricultural science officials at the University of Arkansas to initiate their own CAS study, using their own scientists and methods, to see if they reach the same conclusion.â€
â€œWe believe the university is better positioned to conduct the research and convert the scientific results into a form that can be independently evaluated,â€ Lovette said.