Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to relax protections for animals in slaughterhouses by allowing a record number of chicken, pig and cattle slaughter plants to start operating at even faster slaughter speeds.
Extreme-speed slaughter lines imperil animals, workers and food safety under normal circumstances. They are especially ill-advised at the height of a pandemic when slower lines are needed to allow plants to effectively meet social distancing, sanitation and safety guidelines.
The Safe Line Speeds During COVID-19 Act, introduced by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate and by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) in the House would protect animals, workers and consumers by prohibiting these dangerous, high-speed slaughter systems from operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill also directs the Government Accountability Office to conduct a review of actions by the USDA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to determine their effectiveness in protecting animal, food and worker safety.
What You Can Do
Please use the form below to email your U.S. senators and representative and urge them to cosponsor the Safe Line Speeds During COVID-19 Act. Congress needs to hear from advocates like you that animals and workers deserve to be protected from the dangers of even faster line speeds, especially during the pandemic. If any of your members of Congress have already signed on as cosponsors, our system will instead generate a “thank you” message.
On behalf of America’s farm animals, and in hope of a healthier future for humankind, thank you!