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Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Specific requirements for killing surplus chicks by exposure to gas mixtures

3.—(1) No person shall kill, or cause or permit to be killed, any surplus chick by exposure to a gas mixture unless the chick is placed in the gas mixture and it remains in the gas mixture until it is dead.

(2) In this paragraph “gas mixture” means—

(a)an atmosphere with the highest obtainable concentration of carbon dioxide, supplied by a source of 100% carbon dioxide;

(b)a maximum of 2% oxygen by volume and 90% argon (or other inert gas) by volume in atmospheric air; or

(c)25% to 30% carbon dioxide by volume and 60% argon (or other inert gas) by volume in atmospheric air.

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