URGENT: Dangerous high-speed slaughter program could spread nationwide--Submit your comment TODAY!
Feb 2, 2018 — Submit a quick comment to the USDA today! The federal agency has just issued a proposal to expand its dangerous high-speed pig slaughter program nationwide, called the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS). Written into a proposed rule that’s misleadingly titled “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection,” the program would, in reality, rollback progress and threaten the welfare of millions of animals, consumers, and workers nationwide. USDA has given consumers like you 60 days to weigh in on this dangerous proposal, and we need your help to stop it! Submit a comment at http://bit.ly/highspeedslaughter (sample language provided below) to urge the USDA to scrap, rather than expand its high-speed slaughter program now!
Compassion Over Killing (COK) exposed egregious cruelty and food safety issues in its investigation of Quality Pork Processors (QPP), a Hormel Foods supplier operating under the pilot program for NSIS, known as HIMP. QPP is one of the fastest slaughter plants in the country, killing 1300 pigs every hour. At this “flagship” of the high-speed slaughter program, animals were shocked, dragged, and improperly stunned as workers struggled to keep up with the fast pace, and pigs covered in feces and pus-filled abscesses were processed for human consumption with a USDA inspection seal of approval.
You can help us stop NSIS today by visiting the comment page (http://bit.ly/highspeedslaughter) and submitting your comment! Use our sample below or send your own polite message. Thank you for taking action to help protect pigs and consumers nationwide! Every comment counts, so don’t forget to share this link (http://bit.ly/highspeedslaughter) with your friends and urge them to join you!
I’m writing as a concerned American consumer in opposition to the proposed Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection rule, which would roll back progress for animals, consumers, and workers. Under this rule, the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS) would place key food safety inspection duties into the hands of slaughter plants themselves, while these facilities operate at dangerously high line speeds, and many problems will likely go unnoticed. Compassion Over Killing’s investigation of a plant under the pilot high-speed slaughter program, HIMP, revealed pigs covered in feces and pus-filled abscesses being processed for human consumption with a USDA seal of approval. The investigation also showed pigs being dragged, kicked, excessively shocked, and improperly stunned as workers struggled to keep up with the facility’s high line speeds. There is widespread opposition to the high-speed slaughter program within the federal government, including by USDA whistleblowers and members of Congress. The USDA’s own Office of the Inspector General stated that the “HIMP program has shown no measurable improvement to the inspection process." I urge you to protect workers, consumers, and animals and end, rather than expand, this program.
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