15 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Carmen Rottenberg, James Snee, Luis Marconi, Sonny Perdue, Paul Kiecker, Hormel Foods

Not So Fast, USDA: Stop the Unhealthy & Inhumane High-Speed Slaughter!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to expand a flawed pilot program that allows select slaughterhouses to dramatically speed up their slaughter lines, while simultaneously pulling back on government oversight. I recently worked undercover at one of these pilot facilities, and captured on video the shocking ways this program fails to protect animal welfare—and American food safety. Please join me in telling USDA and Hormel it’s time to stop this high-speed, reduced-inspection pilot program, known as HIMP. By shifting key inspection responsibilities to the slaughterhouses themselves, while also allowing these plants to operate at extremely high kill speeds, this program is allowing animal abuse and food safety problems to increasingly go unchecked. Consumers deserve more, not less, oversight in food production. Before going undercover at Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minnesota, I knew that I would see appalling abuses and nightmarish animal suffering—that’s unavoidable at a slaughter plant, especially one that processes 1,300 pigs each hour. But what I didn’t expect was how rare it would be to encounter a government inspector, or how many pigs would be processed into SPAM or other Hormel products despite being sick, injured, riddled with pus-filled abscesses, or covered in feces. Even knowing what I did about animal cruelty, I naively believed that the government was at least making sure that the food supply was safe—but I don’t believe that anymore. Now, I know that our government has rubber-stamped a program that gives the profit-driven pork industry free reign to “monitor” itself. I documented plant employees, under pressure to keep up with the facility’s high operating speeds, dragging, kicking, beating, and excessively shocking pigs. I even saw pigs regaining consciousness on the slaughter line—a major violation of federal law. Let’s demand that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service live up to its name and do just that—meaningfully regulate and inspect our nation’s slaughterhouses. It can’t continue to bow to pressure from industry giants like Hormel. We must end this high-speed slaughter program, which replaces highly-trained inspectors with untrained, industry employees—with devastating results for animals, workers, and consumers. In Solidarity, Scott David (former Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator) October 2017 Update: With a proposal to expand the dangerous HIMP pig slaughter program on the horizon, chickens and turkeys are facing a similar threat. The industry has petitioned the USDA to lift the current maximum line speed of 140 birds per minute (that’s already more than 2 birds every second!). Such a waiver of the cap would essentially allow plants to operate at any speed—a serious danger to animals, workers, and consumers.In 2015, I worked inside Mountaire Farms in North Carolina—operating at speeds of up to 140 birds per minute. I saw live birds being thrown into piles with the dead as workers only had time to perform split-second checks of their condition, fallen birds being thrown across the room, and birds having their heads caught in the shackles as workers rushed to keep up. As investigations and government inspection records reveal, improper shackling can even lead to the kill blade slicing birds open in places other than their throat, and the birds then entering the scalding tank alive. Yet the industry has ignored these risks in a sly attempt to line its own pockets by trying to make slaughter lines run even faster. Please join me in telling the USDA, “Not so fast!”

Compassion Over Killing
256,243 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to United Sates Department of Agriculture USDA

Save your Milk, Request More Stringent Regulations in Dairy farms

Mistreatment and torture of dairy cows at a dairy farm in Florida have been reported as recently as November 2017, underscoring the necessity for more stringent regulations.  A video was released by an undercover member of The Animal Recovery Mission showing a worker beating a cow on the head with a steel rod, as the cow, stuck in a narrow metal milking pen, moves its head wildly to avoid the blows. It shows workers kicking, beating and stabbing cows to force them into the cramped pens. It shows female calves penned in narrow outdoor cages, one with deformed legs unable to stand up. Dairy supervisors and milkers beat, stab and torment dairy cows with steel construction rebar. The sharp metal rods pierce and penetrate the cows’ bodies. Kept hidden from tours and visitors to the dairy, the cows are brutalized. The animals’ living quarters are horrific. They are littered with feces. In some of the barns the cows are stepping in up to 4 inches of manure, 24 hours a day. To get them out of the holding areas, they’re beaten, they’re whipped, they’re tormented, they’re yelled at. To get them up the ramp, they’re beaten, they’re whipped, they’re tormented. To get them into the milking, they’re beaten, they’re tormented, they’re whipped.” Permanently taken from their mothers at birth, in accordance with standard industry practice, calves were confined to tiny outdoor cages that left them exposed to harsh sunlight and rain, many living in their own feces. Reluctant to eat after being taken from their mothers, they were force-fed with metal tubes by under-trained employees who occasionally punctured the calves’ lungs, leading to their deaths, Couto said. Sick cows and calves were left to die in fields, he said, with no veterinary care. The calves were going into convulsion from the heat, from the direct sunlight. The mortality rate was monstrous. There were bodies everywhere. The calves were living with the dead ones. They were purposely penned in these six-by-four enclosures with corpses of calves that recently died.” That was the second dairy farm in Florida accused of severely abusing cows, and those abuses happen under the nose of the Florida Department of Agriculture, who did investigate that second farm and noticed only minor problems. We need more consistent and more stringent regulations inside dairy farms! If you refuse to drink milk from cows that have suffered cruelly, please sign this petition and let's submit it to the USDA!!   Photo credit: Animal Rescue Mission

World Animal Rescue.©
2,758 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Alex Melvin CEO at Rural King, Rural King Corporate, Rural King Inc, Alachua County Animal Services, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, Florida Department of Health in Alachua County

Rural King Please Stop Selling Domestic Rabbits

We the Petitioners respectfully request that Rural King stand with Tractor Supply who made the compassionate decision to cease all rabbit sales in their stores in 2012. We also respectfully request a USDA statewide investigation into the cruelty of the animals at Rural King stores, having over 100 stores in a twelve state area. Rural King not only sells domestic rabbits at Easter but all year long while contributing to the unwanted and dumped rabbits in both shelters and in the wild, where they rarely survive either fate. Unwanted rabbits also end up on Craigslist where they are given away Free often resluting in live dog bait, live feeding to snakes, eaten by humans or killed by animals abusers.References can be found all over the internet of baby rabbits being purchased as pets from Rural King while they supply the public with animals appearing to be purchased from questionably inspected back yard breeders. Because of over population, over a million cats and dogs are euthanized each year. Additionally, many pet rabbits are rendered homeless when they are gifted to individuals who later abandon them after their "novelty" has worn off. Restricting the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits will increase the demand to adopt animals from animal shelters and rescue organizations, which will in turn help more shelter animals find loving homes. It will also reduce the number of pets that are gifted to owners who may not want them and who may not be knowledgeable about the care and cost of keeping a companion animal. Finally, it would reduce the financial burden on taxpayers for the care and euthanasia of unwanted animals left at an animal control facility, or picked up by animal control agents because they are abandoned.There are also valid concerns over the welfare of the animals in the Rural King stores across the state. Several instances of alleged sick or dead animals reported online being seen in store cages, animals dying shortly after purchase and claims of a back room "hospital" where rabbits and chicks are left without Vet care, food or water to suffer and die as well as news reports of live chicks thrown in dumpsters.  Some Baby rabbits appear to be under 2 months old often seen in the store photos. March 2017 -Concerns over Animal Welfare at Local Farm Supply Store Back room "chick hospital" was a galvanized tub with quite a few dead chickens in it. "Hatfield said this is not a new problem. Last year, she received reports of bunnies dying daily at Rural King in addition to chicks". May 2017 - Mistreatment of animal allegations March 2015 - Sick live baby chicks seen thrown into garbage dumpster at Rural King. July 2014 - Alleged Consumer complaint: Carbondale Illinois store is selling sick and dying baby rabbits and the manager refuses to acknowledge complaints. July 2014- Alleged investigation by Illinois Department of Agriculture Animal Cruelty Department into the death of two dutch rabbits purchased at the Carbondale Illinois Rural King store.  One laying sick in store died within 2 hours of purchase, the mate 72 hours later.  Alleged report of Ileus -gastrointestinal shutdown, deadly bloat, bacterial infection, and parasitic infestation (contagious).  Described as malnourished and skeletal . (Referenced in petition photo). May 2017 - Complaints - of baby pigs 8.5 weeks and 9.5 weeks old still trying to nurse for sale at Rural King. Adopt Don't Shop References New York City Council outlawed the bunny trade to help curb a glut of unwanted rabbits at city shelters by people who had second thoughts about caring for the rabbits.  Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles also have laws banning the sale of rabbits by pet stores. Retail pet store sales bans are a welcome trend, here is a list of the jurisdictions in the United States and Canada which have passed such legislation. California bill would ban selling pets bought from breeders.

Linda Sue
3,280 supporters