Protect All Animals Consumed by Humans from Suffering an Inhumane Death

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Target: USDA office of Food Safety and Inspection Services

Goal: Protect all species of animals killed for human consumption from having to suffer an inhumane death.

The Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act, sometimes also referred to as just the Humane Slaughter Act, is a federal United States law that was first instituted in 1958.  The act attempts to insure that livestock animals being slaughtered for human consumption are killed humanly.  The act states that most species of livestock animals must be rendered insensible to pain before being processed for consumption.  This means that the animals should not be conscious while being shackled, cut, hoisted, or thrown.  However, the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act, as it is currently written, does not extend protection to all species of animals that are commonly slaughtered in the United States.  The law fails to protect poultry, fish, and rabbits.

Billions of chickens, turkeys, ducks, and other types of birds are killed for food each year in the US.  Fish are a popular food source in some parts of the country, and rabbits are killed for food as well as for their fur.  It’s common knowledge that animals such as chickens and rabbits are not immune to pain.  By excluding these species from the Humane Slaughter Act, the USDA makes it legal for these animals to suffer a great deal prior to and during their slaughter.  In the past, organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States have demanded that the USDA expand the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act to include species currently excluded.  In 2005 the Humane Society sued the USDA to require poultry to be covered under the Humane Slaughter Act, but the lawsuit was dismissed by the federal court due to the fact that poultry are not defined as livestock under the act.  Rabbits, for some reason, are categorized as poultry by the USDA which is why they are also not protected under the Humane Slaughter Act.

It’s unethical to allow billions of animals a year to be slaughtered inhumanly because of the USDA’s wordplay.  All species of animals slaughtered in the United States should be protected from having to endure torturous deaths.  By signing this petition, you are urging the USDA to expand the terms of the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act to include all species of animals slaughtered for human use.  Ask them to redefine the word livestock to include the excluded species, or to develop separate humane slaughter provisions to cover the currently unprotected species.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear USDA, office of Food Safety and Inspection Services,

Since its creation in 1958, the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act has neglected to protect all species of animals slaughtered for human consumption.  Under the act as it is currently written, animals classified as poultry or fish are not guaranteed to have their lives ended humanly and without pain.  Chickens make up the majority of animals slaughtered for use as food in the United States, and yet they continue to be denied the protections that are extended to mammals.

It is well known that, just as humans and other mammals do, birds and rabbits feel pain.  New research indicates that fish, believed by many to not feel pain as humans understand it, do actually experience the sensation of pain.  Many of the unethical slaughter practices used on these animals not only causes them extreme pain, but also a great deal of stress.  Surely it is not too much to ask that all animals who are forced to give up their lives for the benefit of mankind are in the very least treated humanly before and during their slaughter.  Animals such as fish, chickens, and rabbits deserve the same respect that is extended to animals such as cows, pigs, and horses.

Please revise the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act to include all species of animals slaughtered for human consumption.  Broaden the act’s definition of livestock so that no animal needs to suffer an inhumane death, or consider drafting new humane slaughter policies that cover the species of animals left out of the Humane Slaughter Act.  In the words of Mahatma Gandhi ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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15 Comments

  1. Holly Schunk says:

    I do not eat animals, but am signing this because the inhumane methods of killing animals must stop. I don’t believe in factory farms in any way, and am torn signing this as I don’t want ANY animals to be subject to living and dying in a factory farm, however, at least while while have these awful places, the animals should be humanely treated. It must start somewhere. God help these animals!

    • Holly I have read what you have put and agree with it word for word !! I dont eat meat either – but sadly if Animals are going to be killed ( which I dont want ) Then we all have to DEMAND that they are put down in a humane way where they dont suffer. Also that every single person who comes in contact with the Animals treats them with respect and kindness. = Animals have feelings too – and they know the feeling of fear.

  2. Slavery does not depend on the species of the slave any more than it depends on race, gender or ethnicity.Since the 1600’s, the use of animals for food and other products has been one of the major causes of extinct or endangered animals-its disgusting that despite being in 2012 that humasn use these barbaric methods…

  3. Carol Wadey says:

    I am signing this because I want to see the suffering of poultry, fish, and rabbits hopefully lessen. I do not believe there is such a thing as humane slaughter, and there is a huge ongoing effort in Canada to stop the slaughter of horses, which is incredibly horrific. If slaughter facilities fail to implement the humane standards laid out by law, all the regulations in the world won’t matter.

  4. Cynthia Groves says:

    All life is precious and need to be treated with respect, particularly with the way death is handled.
    Plus, when animals are terrorized in the slaughtering process, that energy goes into our food. Animals are not things and should be treated as live beings that have feelings.

  5. marianne hendrix, thats not a very nice comment. is it?. You must of signed up for it along the line somewear. What you dont give a shite about poor animals and how they are suffering to die for MAN to eat. you cant have any compassion

  6. Elaine McHugh says:

    If MAN COULD BE TREATED THIS WAY….THAN WE WOULD PUT AN END TO IT…..OR WOULD WE?

  7. людмила says:

    Убийство не может быть гуманным,животные все чувствуют, Не все люди могут отказаться от мяса. Корейцы например сьедают 2000000 кошек и собак в год и мы не можем остановить этот конвеер смерти. Это вопрос этики каждого человека. И кто будет наблюдать как их гуманно убивают на птицефабриках и скотобойнях. Я вообще против убийства кого бы то нибыло. Птицы,коровы или лошади. Я представляю сколько крови проливается каждый день в угоду чревоугодия человека. Мне страшно.

  8. it has 2 b stopped immediately n urgently

  9. No animal should suffer. We rule their lives and we need to be compassionate in how we treat animals. I would rather feed an animal a meal than eat it myself. Animals are like children and need protection. It does not make a difference whether it is wild or tame. Just look into an animal’s eyes and you will see love if they have been treated well. If they have not been treated well , then give them love.

  10. Daniela Bress says:

    Above all, they should have a real life before they have to die in any way.

  11. Adding abuse and suffering to slaughter doesn’t serve the US.

  12. Ihave been in Asia where Laos Thailand Vietnam abattoir killed animal inhuane by sliting animal throat drained blood out and let to died.Sadly these animal are going to be killed for people who eat this meat. they must be put down in a human way.
    Do you had any way to help these countries to use in human method of killing animal.
    Reply

    • There is no human way of killing an animal. They should not be killed at all, for any purpose. That’s sad that we still believe thatthese need to be looked at as food. Our thinking is so evil still!I have watched various documentaries of goats, sheep, cows getting slaughtered. My appeal to everyone who eat meat is, please think how that meat is coming to your plate. After all the screeching cries of the animal, the torture and the blood shed! No one has the right to decide an animals death day except god. The animals whether rabbits, chickens, cows, sheep -all have a right to live. We should build shelter homes to protect them not only from their own animal predtators but also from humans, who are infect like animals. After seeing the innocent look on the animals face before it dies, I feel they are more humans than us. Just lying with a look that I’m not going to live and I surrender to you! We are indeed the selfish creatures on this earth. To kill an animal is inhuman and the ways of slaughtering is not the question here. It’s to stop it completely, forever.

  13. I have watched various documentaries of goats, sheep, cows getting slaughtered. My appeal to everyone who eat meat is, please think how that meat is coming to your plate. After all the screeching cries of the animal, the torture and the blood shed! No one has the right to decide an animals death day except god. The animals whether rabbits, chickens, cows, sheep -all have a right to live. We should build shelter homes to protect them not only from their own animal predtators but also from humans, who are infect like animals. After seeing the innocent look on the animals face before it dies, I feel they are more humans than us. Just lying with a look that I’m not going to live and I surrender to you! We are indeed the selfish creatures on this earth. To kill an animal is inhuman and the ways of slaughtering is not the question here. It’s to stop it completely, forever.

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