We need your help—Sign the petition below!
Farm Forward is proud to join a diverse coalition of more than 35 consumer, labor, environmental, public health, animal protection and civil rights organizations opposing USDA’s expansion of a high-speed hog slaughter program. We need your help—sign the petition below!
If passed, the “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection” rule will revoke maximum slaughter line speeds while also transferring key inspection duties to the plants themselves, presenting a number of food safety, animal welfare, and worker safety concerns.
Even USDA inspectors who’ve observed the faster speeds first-hand have spoken out against them. According to an inspector who participated in the pilot program:
“On numerous occasions, I witnessed plant employees fail to spot abscesses, lesions, fecal matter, and other defects that would render an animal unsafe or unwholesome.” The inspector further explained that without incentive, these plant workers “don’t actually want to shut off the line to deal with problems they spot on the job. Obviously, their employer will terminate them if they do it too many times.”
You can help! Here’s how:
The USDA is accepting public comments on the rule until May. Sign our petition below to let them know that as a concerned American citizen you oppose the “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection” rule because it rolls back progress for animals, workers, and consumers.
We’ll submit the signatures we collect directly to the USDA prior to the close of public comments on May 4, 2018.
Thanks for helping to create a more just, humane, and sustainable food system.
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