Tell USDA to Ensure the Welfare of Chickens and Turkeys at Slaughter
USDA is considering a change to its inspection system that monitors the slaughter of billions of chickens and millions of turkeys each year. The new regulation would decrease the number of inspectors on poultry slaughter lines, and allow the industry to increase its profits by speeding up the rate of slaughter. This change has the potential to seriously jeopardize the welfare of the birds being killed.
Nowhere in the 50-page notice announcing the new system is there any mention of the potential ramifications of the proposed change on the birds themselves. Fewer inspectors on the slaughter line means less opportunity for evidence of inhumane handling to be observed and stopped. Increased line speed poses a risk to bird welfare by giving workers less time to perform shackling, which can lead to an increase in painful injuries like bruises and fractures. Higher line speed also means that more birds may be inadequately stunned, resulting in an increase in birds entering the scalding-hot water of the defeathering tank where they are burned before drowning.
If the U.S. Department of Agriculture does Not hear from people, they assume no one cares how chickens and turkeys are treated. Public silence could increase animal cruelty in the slaughter plants, where birds are not even covered by the federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
Please go here to comment online:
Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection (Document ID FSIS-2011-0012-0903)
Tell Missouri Governor to Protect Undercover Factory Farm Investigations
Missouri Senate Bill (S.B.) 631, which has reached the governor’s desk, would require that suspected abuse videotaped on factory farms be reported to law-enforcement authorities within 24 hours, making it harder for undercover investigators to collect evidence showing a pattern of systemic cruelty to animals. This bill is a desperate attempt by agriculture industry giants to prevent consumers from learning the truth about the lives and deaths of animals on factory farms. Past investigations of factory farms resulted in criminal convictions of farm managers and workers found routinely beating, sexually abusing, stomping on, kicking, and throwing animals.
Tell Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto S.B. 631 today that would require that suspected abuse videotaped on factory farms be reported to law-enforcement authorities within 24 hours, making it difficult for whistleblowers and undercover investigators to secure evidence of a pattern of routine.
Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
phone (573) 751-3222
online contact – http://governor.mo.gov/contact/
Prosecute Man who Willfully Starved 50,000 Chickens
In the face of mounting feed costs, Andy Keung Cheung, the owner of A&L Poultry (Stanislaus County, California), abandoned his farm’s 50,000 egg-laying hens in February 2012. For at least two weeks, the chickens at his farm were denied food.
Nearly one-third of the chickens perished before Stanislaus County Animal Services was notified of this large-scale animal neglect case. With the authorization of county and state officials, a concerted effort to help the surviving chickens was spearheaded by Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Animal Place and Farm Sanctuary.
Tell Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office to Prosecute Andy Keung Cheung for willfully starving 50,000 chickens.
832 12th Street, Suite 300
Modesto, California 95354
phone (209) 525-5582 or 525-5581
fax (209) 558-4047