Stop Cruel Plan to Slaughter Pigs Faster

Target: Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Goal: Stop proposal that would lead to more painful deaths for slaughtered pigs.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed New Swine Slaughter Inspection System would remove speed limits at pig slaughterhouses. This means slaughterhouses can increase production even more, totaling up to 1,300 pigs or more per hour, an increase from the average 1,100 every hour today. This is problematic for animal and workers’ welfare.

Workers might resort to excess force using electric prods when moving animals down the line. Furthermore, pigs might not be stunned efficiently, meaning they could become conscious during the killing process. Workers might handle the animals more roughly because they are being pressured to work more in order to kill more pigs in a day. This proposal mirrors the National Chicken Council’s petition to speed up poultry slaughter, which was rejected by the USDA.

Slaughtering pigs is already an inhumane act, and this new proposal to remove speed slaughter limits would impose even harsher conditions for animals. Sign the petition below to urge the USDA to stop the proposal and consider animal welfare.


Dear Mr. Ramaswamy,

As the Director of the National Institude of Food and Agriculture, you have a responsibility to help solve challenges regarding food and agriculture. Recently, the USDA announced a New Swine Slaughter Inspection System, which would remove the speed limit of killing pigs in slaughterhouses. This would mean an increase from 1,100 pigs to 1,300 pigs per hour. This might also mean pigs are not stunned properly, resulting in pigs gaining consciousness during slaughter. Workers might feel the need to use excessive force through electric prods and rough handling to speed up slaughter and meet daily goals.

There is no need for a greater production from slaughterhouses. Already, they produce over 120 million pigs per year to feed the meat industry. We should be taking measures to reduce our carbon footprint through less meat consumption and looking into plant-based alternatives. Faster slaughter speeds will not only overwork slaughterhouse employees, they will jeopardize animal welfare. USDA has already rejected the National Chicken Council’s proposal to speed up poultry slaughter, and I hope USDA does the same for pigs. It would be hypocritical and unjust for you to pass a proposal similar to one that was rejected. I hope that you speak out against this new proposal and help protect animal welfare.


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  1. Karen Mckay says:

    may those that contribute to this needless suffering find out first hand what pain and terror they have caused for so long Karma in whichever way you deem fitting.

  2. I’m in 100% agreement with Karen. However, these animals are innocent and the subhuman filth who wish to carry this out are not, therefore, they should suffer 1 billion times the pain and anguish as these animals!

  3. Don’t pigs suffer enough already with most of them being stuck on some factory farm. This is their LAST freaking day and you want to make it even more miserable? Disgusting.

  4. lynn woods says:

    if any animal has to be slaughtered why can’t they do it humanely without cruelty all slaughter houses are hell holes and it’s about time something was done about the cruelty these poor animals go through just to feed a bunch of faces they torture and beat these poor animals terribly it’s time to stop the cruelty of the creatures just so people can feed their faces who died and made man god to treat god’s creatures this way

  5. Gigi Middlebrook says:

    This is why I haven’t eaten pork in over 20 years. The cruelty shown to these poor animals is abysmal and one day I hope that the world will no longer slaughter these very intelligent animals for their meat. If slaughterhouses had glass walls there would not be any animals slaughtered.

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