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Table 1 Prevalence of slaughtering gravid cows in Germany and other countries – results of different authors

From: Slaughter of pregnant cattle in German abattoirs – current situation and prevalence: a cross-sectional study

Number Prevalence of slaughter gravid cows Stage of gestation Reference
Germany
1 Up to 10.8 %, mean 4.3 % of cows and heifers NS Lücker et al. [6]
2 4.9 % Mostly in 5th month; 38 % and 62 % in 2nd and 3rd trimester, respectively Di Nicolo [5]
3 Up to 15 %, mean 9.6 %, median 7.1 % of cows and heifers 90 % in 2nd or 3rd trimester Riehn et al. [3, 4]
4 0.2 % and 1.2 % NS Marahrens and Schwarzlose [7] referring to results of the National Association of Meat Hygiene, Animal Welfare and Consumer Protection
5 3.5 % 56 % in 2nd or 3rd trimester, 0.8 % in the 3rd trimester German Government [9] referring the German Association of the Meat Industry
Other countries
6 approximately 5 % (USA) NS Kushinsky [12]
7 NS 13.1 % in 1st, 62.6 % in 2nd and 24.3 % in 3rd trimester (Canada) Herenda [13]
8 8.6 % (Pakistan) NS Khan and Khan [14]
9 23.5 % (Great Britain) 26.9 % in 3rd trimester (Great Britain) Singleton and Dobson [15]
10 5.3 % (Luxembourg), 10.1 % (Belgium), 4.5 % (Italy) In 3rd trimester: 36 % (Luxembourg), 15 % (Italy) Di Nicolo [5]
11 1.5–2.1 % (Nigeria) NS Ademola [16]
  1. Different authors described the prevalence of slaughtering gravid cows and their stage of gravidity in Germany and some other countries. (NS: not specified)