Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Goal: Block proposed deregulation of the poultry industry
A plan to deregulate the poultry industry is now in the final stages of becoming a reality, despite the huge risks to public health, and undoubtedly yet more suffering for the animals. Processing chickens, from alive to packaged and ready to sell, at a rate of 140 per minute is apparently not fast enough for the poultry industry, which expects to increase the rate to 175 per minute with current government regulations out of the way, according to CommonDreams.org. The proposed plan allows for the industry to regulate itself, meaning that untrained employees will be responsible for the same job as government inspectors, putting public health at great risk.
The U.S. meat industry already puts public health at risk with their factory farming practices. Besides the horrific cruelty found on factory farms, the standard level of overcrowding breeds disease at a greatly accelerated rate, which requires stronger and stronger antibiotics to counteract, and those powerful antibiotics go directly into the food people buy at the store. There is so little regulation regarding these practices already that it’s hard to believe the industry can still push for less, and it’s hard to believe the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would agree to it.
Our government looks the other way as enormous factory farms torture millions of animals, and pump our food full of powerful drugs. Now the government wants to avoid responsibility entirely by allowing the industry to self-regulate, even though test models have shown that poultry processing plants fail at their own inspections. Sign the petition to urge the USDA not to go through with this deregulation.
Dear Mr. Vilsack,
The proposed deregulation of the poultry industry would be a significant threat to public health, and would most likely have deleterious effects on the environment and the well-being of millions of animals. This industry already faces almost no regulation; the extreme overcrowding that is standard on factory farms breeds ever more resilient diseases, which are fought with ever stronger antibiotics, which go directly into the food people eat. The last thing we need is less oversight of this industry.
The proposed changes would have the poultry industry regulate itself, which it has shown in test models to fail to do properly. Public health advocates have pointed out that government health inspectors would be replaced by untrained employees of the industry, leaving little or no accountability for what could be dangerous errors in the meat processing system. Please do not allow this deregulation to happen.
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