Update August 2019: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have written to the Office of the Inspector General asking for the high speed slaughter program to be reviewed further. The members of Congress expressed concern, saying that they:
“are deeply concerned that USDA failed to adequately assess and consider the impacts of the proposed rule on animal welfare” and that the agency “cannot credibly argue that decreasing inspector oversight of the sorting of pigs while increasing the volume of animals slaughtered will not undermine animal welfare.”
An undercover video by Compassion over Killing revealed the true horror of pig slaughterhouses. In the video, pigs can be seen getting their throats slashed when they were improperly stunned, or not stunned at all. These sentient beings are made to endure pain and terror in the moments before they are killed - and the faster the slaughtering process is made, the worse things will be.
Compassion over killing stated, "Within just a few weeks, the USDA is planning to give slaughterhouses across the country the green light to recklessly speed up slaughter lines–endangering animals, workers, and consumers alike." Slaughterhouse pigs are already subjected to unbelievable cruelty - enduring being kicked, shocked and dragged before being killed. At times during the high speed killings, the shocked animals do not die and are subjected to a horribly painful death. Read more about these slaughterhouses at this link.
Please join us in telling the United States Department of Agriculture that the high-speed slaughter program must not be approved!
In addition to signing (and sharing) this petition, please do something right now! Call the USDA at 202-720-9113 and urge them to stop the high-speed slaughter program!