Chickens Need Protections Too!
From Farm Sanctary
Farm Sanctary has filed a legal petition calling on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to improve the treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses immediately (petition number 13-08). With birds representing 8.8 billion and the 9 billion animals slaughtered annually in the United States, it’s outrageous that the USDA exempts poultry from protections provided under the Humane Slaughter Act and refuses to grant them any relief under the Poultry Products Inspection Act. Without the USDA protecting them, countless birds are subjected to abuses that would warrant cruelty convictions under federal law if cows or pigs were the victims. USDA records indicate that almost a million chickens are boiled alive every year at slaughterhouses when they miss the neck-slicer and are dropped into the scalding water bath used for feather removal while fully conscious. It’s time the USDA creates long-overdue humane regulations for poultry slaughter. If you are willing to help even if you aren’t a vegetarian. Remember all animals should be humanely slaughtered. The following things happen to birds in slaughter houses. The New York Times reported that an undercover investigator at a poultry slaughter factory witnessed the following: hundreds of acts of cruelty, including workers tearing beaks off, ripping a bird’s head off to write graffiti in blood, spitting tobacco juice into birds’ mouths, plucking feathers to “make it snow” suffocating a chicken by tying a latex glove over its head, and squeezing birds like water balloons to spray feces over other birds. The idea that abuses like these committed against living animals can occur with no repercussions or accountability is unconscionable-and it’s time the USDA does its job and stops the cruelty. The excrutiating pain and suffering these animals go thru is totally unacceptable. We can do better than this.
Write Department of Agriculture, Attention USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack are tell him to add Poultry to the Humane Slaughter Act and give them relief under the Poultry Products Inspection Act. Call 202-401-0089, or Fax: 202-205-9004, or write Department of Agriculture, Headquarters,Farm Service Agency, 1280 Maryland Ave. S.W., 4th Floor, Suite 490, Washington, DC 20024 Attention: Secretary Tom Vilsack. www.fsa.usda.gov