TODAY: A Quarter Million Signatures Delivered to USDA Against High-Speed Slaughter!
Apr 24, 2018 — Today, Compassion Over Killing brought a press conference and rally against high-speed slaughter to the doorstep of the USDA in the nation’s capital! Former COK investigator Scott David revealed the horrors he witnessed at Quality Pork Processors (QPP), one of the fastest slaughter plants in the country. The event featuring powerful talks by COK’s Corporate Campaigns Manager Laura Cascada and Executive Director Erica Meier culminated with two costumed pigs delivering the signatures of more than a quarter million of you opposing the USDA’s plan to expand its high-speed slaughter program nationwide. Don’t miss the May 2 deadline: Submit your comment to stop this proposal at http://cok.net/notsofast!
In COK’s investigation of QPP, considered a model plant for the expansion of the USDA’s pilot program, Scott documented egregious cruelty, as well as pigs covered in feces or pus-filled abscesses processed for human consumption. The footage, shown at today’s press conference, also reveals pigs being shocked, dragged, and improperly stunned.
Under the USDA’s new proposal, misleadingly titled the “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection,” slaughter plants would be able to set their own kill speeds, the power of food safety inspection would be largely placed in the hands of slaughterhouses themselves, and the number of government food safety inspectors on the line would be reduced. According to Scott, “This dangerous rule is a step backward at a time when the public is hungry for transparency in how animals and workers alike are treated in the fast-paced environment of slaughterhouses.”
So today on behalf of the millions of pigs nationwide threatened by this plan, the two “pigs” who dropped off your 250,000+ signatures called on the USDA to end, rather than expand, its dangerous high-speed slaughter program.
Make sure your voice is heard by the government loud and clear! Submit your comment before May 2 by visiting http://cok.net/notsofast! Thank you for speaking up for animals, workers, and consumers!
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