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Petitioning Deputy Secretary of Agriculture/USDA Kathleen Merrigan and 2 others

Tell the USDA to End Cruelty to Turkeys

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), about 250 million turkeys are subjected to cruelty and suffering every year. That's because under current legislation, poultry producers aren't required to use humane slaughter methods.

Factory farmed turkeys are killed in the most horrific ways possible. Many are shackled and hung upside down, electrically shocked and paralyzed, and still completely conscious as they get their throats cut or are thrown in scalding hot water. Despite the cruelty invoved in this process, it's still perfectly legal to slaughter birds this way because poultry are excluded from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

Thanksgiving dinners shouldn't come at the expense of tortured birds. If turkeys were covered by the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, producers would need to ensure that birds are unconscious or insensible to pain before they're killed. Sign our petition telling the USDA to include poultry in its interpretation of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

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This petition was delivered to:
  • Deputy Secretary of Agriculture/USDA
    Kathleen Merrigan
  • Secretary of Agriculture/USDA
    Tom Vilsack
  • Press Officer/USDA FSIS
    Neil Gaffney

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