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Petitioning Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and 3 others

Tell USDA to Protect Downed Pigs

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

Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary

This petition was delivered to:
  • Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Tom Vilsack
  • Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety
    Jerold Mande
  • Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
    Kathleen Merrigan
  • Administrator of Food Safety
    Alfred Almanza

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