Tell USDA: Abandon Proposal to Speed Up Slaughter!

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Tell USDA: Abandon Proposal to Speed Up Slaughter!

Last February, we called on ASPCA supporters like you to raise your voices for pigs and tell the USDA to reject a dangerous proposal that would inevitably increase cruelty at pig slaughterhouses. Although some limitations on how fast slaughter facilities can kill pigs do currently exist, the USDA’s new rule will eliminate these minimal protections, essentially allowing pig slaughterhouses nationwide to operate without speed limits of any kind, potentially killing 1,300 pigs or more every hour.

As the USDA finalizes this misguided rule, we’re getting wind of some heartbreaking details about humane slaughter violations that are already occurring as a result of fast slaughter lines.

On July 25, a Central Illinois newspaper published an article revealing a series of incidents at an Illinois slaughterhouse where pigs were nearly boiled alive in scalding tanks (which are used to dehair slaughtered pigs for processing). Slaughter line speed played a crucial role in these egregious violations.  In one scenario, a USDA inspector observed a pig blinking and moving its head while just a minute away from entering a scalding tank. The company was suspended for violations of federal humane slaughter laws and was only able to resume operations after promising to slow the slaughter line so animals would be properly sedated before entering the scalding tank. 

We must raise our voices once again to tell the USDA to reject this plan that will result in cruel deaths for pigs—before it’s too late.

Please sign the petition to Secretary Perdue and ask him to reject this inhumane proposal once and for all.

 

Last February, we called on ASPCA supporters like you to raise your voices for pigs and tell the USDA to reject a dangerous proposal that would inevitably increase cruelty at pig slaughterhouses. Although some limitations on how fast slaughter facilities can kill pigs do currently exist, the USDA’s new rule will eliminate these minimal protections, essentially allowing pig slaughterhouses nationwide to operate without speed limits of any kind, potentially killing 1,300 pigs or more every hour.

As the USDA finalizes this misguided rule, we’re getting wind of some heartbreaking details about humane slaughter violations that are already occurring as a result of fast slaughter lines.

On July 25, a Central Illinois newspaper published an article revealing a series of incidents at an Illinois slaughterhouse where pigs were nearly boiled alive in scalding tanks (which are used to dehair slaughtered pigs for processing). Slaughter line speed played a crucial role in these egregious violations.  In one scenario, a USDA inspector observed a pig blinking and moving its head while just a minute away from entering a scalding tank. The company was suspended for violations of federal humane slaughter laws and was only able to resume operations after promising to slow the slaughter line so animals would be properly sedated before entering the scalding tank. 

We must raise our voices once again to tell the USDA to reject this plan that will result in cruel deaths for pigs—before it’s too late.

Please sign the petition to Secretary Perdue and ask him to reject this inhumane proposal once and for all.

 

Last February, we called on ASPCA supporters like you to raise your voices for pigs and tell the USDA to reject a dangerous proposal that would inevitably increase cruelty at pig slaughterhouses. Although some limitations on how fast slaughter facilities can kill pigs do currently exist, the USDA’s new rule will eliminate these minimal protections, essentially allowing pig slaughterhouses nationwide to operate without speed limits of any kind, potentially killing 1,300 pigs or more every hour.

As the USDA finalizes this misguided rule, we’re getting wind of some heartbreaking details about humane slaughter violations that are already occurring as a result of fast slaughter lines.

On July 25, a Central Illinois newspaper published an article revealing a series of incidents at an Illinois slaughterhouse where pigs were nearly boiled alive in scalding tanks (which are used to dehair slaughtered pigs for processing). Slaughter line speed played a crucial role in these egregious violations.  In one scenario, a USDA inspector observed a pig blinking and moving its head while just a minute away from entering a scalding tank. The company was suspended for violations of federal humane slaughter laws and was only able to resume operations after promising to slow the slaughter line so animals would be properly sedated before entering the scalding tank. 

We must raise our voices once again to tell the USDA to reject this plan that will result in cruel deaths for pigs—before it’s too late.

Please sign the petition to Secretary Perdue and ask him to reject this inhumane proposal once and for all.

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