USDA Withdraws Reckless High-Speed Chicken Slaughter Rule

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In 2018, Animal Outlook revealed the horrors of high-speed chicken slaughter with undercover footage of a facility operating under a waiver allowing it to slaughter up to 175 birds per minute. The Trump administration proposed a rule to make this reckless, dangerous speed the norm by allowing all facilities to run slaughter lines about 25 percent faster than the current …

USDA Deregulates Pig Slaughterhouses Despite Horrible Consequences for Animals

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Despite pushback from Compassion Over Killing (COK) and other animal, workers’ rights, and consumer advocacy groups, the USDA has pushed forward a new rule deregulating pig slaughter under the guise of “modernization.” But this rule is a dangerous step backwards. Now, COK is criticizing the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS) rule, which comes at a time when the public …

New Report Exposes Workers’ Suffering inside Slaughterhouses

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No slaughterhouse is safe for animals, and Compassion Over Killing investigations have shown that when slaughter lines run faster, animal suffering is greatly exacerbated. But animals aren’t the only ones at risk: a new report from Human Rights Watch shows that workers are suffering greatly, too.  As the Trump administration aims to dangerously increase slaughter line speeds in the name …

US Legislators Call for Expansion of High-Speed Slaughter Audit For Animal and Consumer Safety

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Two members of Congress have fired off a letter to the USDA’s Inspector General, urging it to expand its review of the agency’s dangerous high-speed pig slaughter program to its impacts on animals and consumer safety.  As the USDA continues attempts to pass its dangerous new rule, things are getting heated. After widespread public outcry, the USDA’s Office of the …

Has USDA Told the Truth About Worker Safety?

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As the USDA continues attempts to pass a dangerous new high-speed pig slaughter rule, things are getting heated. After outcry from worker, food safety, and animal groups, as well as US legislators, the USDA’s Office of the Inspector General will be conducting a probe of the agency to see if it concealed information and used flawed data on worker injury …

House of Representatives Takes Steps to Prevent Cruel High-Speed Slaughter Program

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In a continued effort to fight the USDA’s cruel and reckless high-speed slaughter program, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has approved the DeLauro-Price Amendment as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This Amendment, sponsored by Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and David Price (D-NC), would block funding of the new rule until the Office of the …