Stop USDA From Firing Hundreds of Slaughterhouse Inspectors

Target: US Department of Agriculture

Goal: To protest the firing of slaughterhouse inspectors, which will lead to animal rights abuses and consumer protection problems.

Slaughterhouses are some of the most controversial industries in the United States. But whether you are an animal lover or just enjoy eating chicken, cuts to the number of slaughterhouse inspectors will result in drastic problems, from animal rights abuses to health issues.

In terms of animal rights, inspectors do their best to keep major companies from abusing their animals during the production process. Although the slaughterhouse industry isn’t pretty, removing inspectors from the scene entirely will only result in more abuses. Chickens are sent through water baths which shock them to keep them immobilized. Birds are kicked, beaten, and even sexually abused by factory workers. If this is how dangerous it is for our livestock when inspectors are present, it is scary to think what will happen if inspectors are removed from the scene entirely.

The cuts have consequences for meat eaters too. Studies by the USDA itself have shown that employees at slaughterhouses miss signs of fecal contamination ninety percent of the time. Sixty four percent of the time, employees miss signs that carcasses are defective in some way, meaning that oil, bile, lungs and trachea parts would still remain on the birds if inspectors didn’t catch them. In one case, one hundred percent of turkey carcasses found were defective, and none of the employees bothered to take notice.

Poultry companies are all about quantity, not quality. Many times, workers are criticized for slowing the lines down to check the birds for defects. If poultry manufacturers are allowed to inspect themselves, who knows what will be ending up in our food supply.

On a final note, the individuals who inspect slaughterhouses need to make a living. In a time where the magic word for the American voter is jobs, cutting these positions will only worsen the economy.

Speak up and let the USDA know that firing slaughterhouse inspectors is dangerous for both the animals and the people that consume them.

To Whom It May Concern at the US Department of Agriculture:

A recent proposal by the USDA suggested that hundreds of slaughterhouse inspectors should be fired and that poultry companies should inspect themselves. This action will lead to rampant animal rights abuses and problems for the American consumer.

On the animal rights side, the situation is traumatizing for the birds as it is. Chickens are sent through water baths which shock them to keep them immobilized. Birds are kicked, beaten, and even sexually abused by factory workers. If inspectors are not present at slaughterhouses, these abuses will only increase.

The consequences for those who do eat meat are also high. Studies by the USDA itself have shown that employees at slaughterhouses miss signs of fecal contamination ninety percent of the time. Sixty four percent of the time, employees miss signs that carcasses are defective in some way, meaning that oil, bile, lungs and trachea parts would still remain on the birds if inspectors didn’t catch them. In one case, one hundred percent of turkey carcasses found were defective. Allowing companies to inspect themselves will allow these contaminants to end up in the American food supply.

Please reconsider your decision to fire hundreds of chicken and turkey slaughterhouse inspectors. If this decision is approved, animal rights, consumer health and American jobs will all be threatened.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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  1. Joy Dantine says:

    ANOTHER “LESSEN” IN AGRICULTURE ADMINISTRATION COULD PROVE DISASTEROUS FOR JOBS PRODUCTION/PROJECTION AND PROCESSING/PRODUCTION OVERSITE. THIS SHOWS NEED FOR LESSONS IN AGRICULTURE TO ENSURE NEW-FOUND MAD COW DISEASE DOES NOT PENETRATE PUBLIC CONSUMPTION ET AL.

  2. Sheree Silverman says:

    This MUST be stopped.EVERYTHING depends on it!

  3. WORLD LIBERATION DAY MAY 05, 2012 a day of unified action; a day when we unite and intentionally take the destiny of our world and lives into our own hands. And I might add, ask Nature to forgive our inhumanity, with the intention of respectfully speaking up for positive change. http://wp.me/pWDrY-11G

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