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A year ago, President Obama banned sick and injured cattle from entering the U.S. food supply. It's time to extend those same legal protections to pigs and all other "downed" farm animals.

Every day in the U.S., "downed" pigs and other farm animals who are too sick, injured or weak to stand or walk on their own are subjected to horrible abuse. Factory farmers will go to any length to get them to the slaughterhouse, using forklifts and electric prods when dragging and beating them doesn't work. If the pigs can't make it, they're often left to die from neglect.

As long as the factory farmers might be able to get the animals to the slaughterhouse, it's not profitable to euthanize them and end their suffering. A ban on allowing downed animals to be slaughtered for human consumption can put an end to this cruelty, and protect the food supply.

Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary has made great strides for suffering animals through their No Downers Campaign. They recently submitted a petition with over 15,000 signatures to the USDA, urging them to take the next step and protect downed pigs and other farm animals, too.

Tell the USDA to support Farm Sanctuary's Petition for the Pigs and stop the cruel slaughter of downed animals.

For more information on Farm Sanctuary's No More Downers campaign, visit

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Letter to
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety Jerold Mande
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan
and 1 other
Administrator of Food Safety Alfred Almanza
The federal ban on sick and injured cattle entering the food supply not only protects human health, but prevents animals from suffering when they are unable to stand or walk on their own and are pushed, shocked, and dragged to the slaughterhouse. Thank you for protecting those animals. However, downed pigs and other animals continue to suffer.

I'm adding my support to the 15,000+ people who recently signed Farm Sanctuary's Petition for the Pigs, asking you to apply the downer rule to all species of livestock, including pigs, sheep, and goats. I urge you to end the suffering of these animals and make a commitment to humane treatment of livestock.