United States: Tell Congress to Stop Cruel High-Speed Pig Slaughter
THIS ACTION IS CLOSED.
Cruel high-speed pig slaughter is about to go nationwide. Earlier this month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule removing all line speed limits and allowing pig slaughterhouses across the country to police themselves – leaving millions of pigs vulnerable to increased suffering and terror.
A provision in the House Agriculture Appropriations bill would halt this rule (scheduled to go into effect on December 2nd) until the inspector general has studied the issue further. Please urge your senators to stop the high-speed pig slaughter rule.
This rule expands a problematic pilot program that allowed five of the nation’s largest pig slaughterhouses to increase the speed at which pigs are slaughtered. At one of these plants, killing pigs for Hormel Foods products like Spam and Natural Choice deli meats, an undercover investigation documented horrific abuse as employees struggled to keep up – including illegally dragging, kicking, beating and excessively shocking pigs with electric prods. Other evidence has confirmed numerous instances of pigs who have not been rendered unconscious before being killed – resulting in animals being boiled alive in scalding tanks and left to bleed out.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments to the USDA, urging the agency not to go forward with this dangerous rule. We’re committed to continuing to fight it through every possible avenue. Help us protect pigs and contact your senators today.
THIS ACTION IS FOR U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for issuing a final rule allowing pig slaughterhouses nationwide to police themselves and kill pigs at very high line speeds.January 13, 2020 News
The USDA violated federal law in finalizing this rule, acting contrary to the mountain of evidence before it demonstrating the rule’s dangers, and flouting humane slaughter and meat inspection laws.September 17, 2019 News
Court rules slaughter operations violate state animal cruelty and slaughter laws.August 26, 2019 Press Release