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Washington, DC — March 13, 2018 — Compassion Over Killing (COK) announced today that the animal protection organization is teaming up with stars from across professional sports in its “Not So Fast, USDA” campaign, to fight the nationwide expansion of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) hazardous high-speed pig slaughter program.
Through May 2, the USDA is accepting public comments on its proposed rule, misleadingly titled “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection.” The New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS) would expand nationwide a pilot program known as “HIMP,” allowing slaughterhouse to run at dangerously fast speeds, while also reducing the number of government inspectors on the line.
As Americans are sprinting to submit comments to the USDA, these elite athletes are telling the federal agency that it’s no game to jeopardize animal welfare, and worker and consumer safety, by speeding up slaughter lines:
- Metta World Peace, NBA champion and All-Star
- Dotsie Bausch, Olympic cyclist & activist
- Jack Lindquist, cyclist
- Steph Davis, rock climber and flyer
- Spencer Pumpelly, race car driver
- Dustin Watten, World Cup volleyball champion
- Laura Kline, ultra runner
- Andy Lally, race car driver
“As a society, we need to draw the line and put safety, common sense, and compassion ahead of corporate profits. The modernization of our food safety systems should NOT come at the expense of public health, worker safety, or animal welfare,” says champion NBA All-Star, Metta World Peace.
A growing roster of stars are joining COK’s campaign to point out that while athletes are meant to be fast, high speed has no place at a slaughter plant. In fact, high-speed slaughter is dangerous and cruel. Last year, race car driver and activist Leilani Münter also joined COK as a driving force against HIMP.
COK’s heartbreaking investigative video exposed high-speed horrors at Quality Pork Processors (QPP), a Hormel Foods supplier. Under the USDA’s pilot program, QPP is one of the nation’s fastest slaughter plants, killing approximately 1,300 pigs every hour.
COK’s former investigator Scott David will soon personally deliver to the USDA more than a quarter of a million petition signatures against the program.
“Compassion Over Killing is excited to pass the ball to these renowned athletes who are energizing our team effort to champion animals, workers, and consumers by opposing the USDA’s dangerous NSIS program,” said Erica Meier, Compassion Over Killing’s Executive Director.
To view or download athlete quote images, please click here.
To view investigative footage, please visit: NotSoFastUSDA.com
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Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a nonprofit animal protection organization working to end the abuse of farmed animals through undercover investigations, litigation, corporate outreach, public education, and other advocacy programs. https://cok.net