Petition update

Submit your comments TODAY & stop the chicken industry’s dangerous plan to increase kill speeds!

Compassion Over Killing

Oct 24, 2017 — As the USDA’s proposal to expand the dangerous HIMP pig slaughter program looms, chickens are facing a similar threat: The poultry industry has petitioned the USDA to increase already dangerously fast slaughter line speeds in an attempt to line its own pockets. Help stop this misguided proposal: Submit your comment to the USDA today (sample language provided below)!

Even at current speeds of 140 birds per minute (that’s more than 2 birds killed every second!), suffering is rampant: Birds are routinely injured and improperly shackled, and many end up entering the scalding tank alive. A 2015 Compassion Over Killing investigation inside Mountaire Farms found that birds who had fallen on the ground were thrown across the room instead being carried back to the conveyor belt; live birds were tossed into piles with the dead as workers only had time to perform split-second checks of their condition; and birds were shackled by only one leg or had their heads caught in the shackles.

These atrocities occurred because workers were forced to rush to keep up with the fast pace. But instead of slowing down the line to correct these problems, the industry wants to speed it up! The National Chicken Council, an industry trade group representing poultry titans like Tyson, Perdue, and Pilgrim’s, has petitioned the USDA for special waivers for greater line speeds--even though the USDA already rejected a similar proposal several years ago amidst widespread opposition.

Join us in saying, “Not so fast, USDA”: Submit your comment TODAY! Simply visit http://bit.ly/NotSoFastUSDA and use our sample language below or your own polite comment.

Thank you for speaking up for birds, and don’t forget to spread the word to multiply your impact!

Sample comment:

I am writing as a concerned consumer to urge you to reject the National Chicken Council’s petition to increase poultry line speeds. Investigations, whistleblower accounts, and the USDA’s own inspection records have shown that even at current speeds of 140 birds per minute--more than 2 birds killed every second--problems are rampant. A 2015 Compassion Over Killing investigation inside Mountaire Farms, for example, found that birds who had fallen on the ground were thrown across the room instead of being carried back to the conveyor belt; live birds were tossed into piles with the dead as workers only had time to perform split-second checks of their condition; and birds were shackled by only one leg or had their heads caught in the shackles. Thousands of USDA inspection records also document shackling errors leading to regulatory action, with birds sometimes even entering the scalding tank while still alive. These problems persist because workers are forced to rush to keep up with the current fast pace--and increasing line speeds will only exacerbate them. Chickens and turkeys already lack the bare-bones protections afforded to cows and pigs through the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. If line speeds are increased--which I vehemently oppose--I hope that you will at least spare these birds additional suffering by extending these basic protections to them.


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