Stop Deliberately Killing Farm Animals With Heatstroke and Suffocation

Target: Thomas Vilsack, Secretary for U.S. Department of Agriculture

Goal: Ban cruel euthanasia methods that subject farm animals to agonizing deaths.

While agriculturalists call the methods used to cull and kill animals “euthanasia,” veterinary professionals have other names for them: “suffocation,” “drowning in fluids,” “death by heatstroke,” and “cooked alive,” to name a few.  The United States is currently experiencing an avian flu outbreak, which has led to the deliberate killing of thousands of farm animals like chickens. Two of the most common culling techniques have already been banned in the European Union due to their inhumanity.

One of the methods, called ventilation shutdown, is a sanitized term for the horrors that actually take place. The condemned animals are packed into an enclosed space and exposed to viciously high levels of steam and heat. In essence, they are broiled alive. When this torture was used on millions of pigs during a different flu outbreak, secretly recorded footage picked up the screams of the animals as they died in a literal living hell. The second form of so-called euthanasia involves blanketing the livestock in firefighting foam. What is the effect of this seemingly harmless action? The targeted animals essentially suffocate and choke to death.

Sign the petition below to demand U.S. leadership follow Europe’s lead in ending this unsanctioned torture and legalized animal cruelty for good.


Dear Secretary Vilsack,

What kind of “medical remedy” could be so horrific that it compels ten percent of the professionals who perform it to consider suicide? What form of “euthanasia” has been deemed so inhumane that the European Union and the World Organisation for Animal Health condemn it? If you wonder about the answer to these questions, look no further than America’s farms, where not one but two of these lambasted practices occur routinely.

Firefighting foam and ventilation shutdown have been used—and are currently being used—to end the lives of millions of livestock afflicted with illness. The terms may sound harmless, and perhaps even humane. They are anything but–the former method results in the slow, painful suffocation of the victims as they drown in their own fluids. As to the latter…some of the physical effects of ventilation shutdown include heatstroke, severe burns, vomiting blood, and bloody mucus emitting from body openings. Or, if you want a clearer concept of what fate befalls the animals “euthanized” by extreme heat and stream, listen to the recording of a barnful of dying pigs screaming in pain.

This inhumanity, this barbarity, and this cruelty have no place in a nation that claims it values life. Please advocate for a ban on these modern-day forms of torture at once.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Artem Beliaikin


  1. Christine Farrugia says:

    We live in such a cruel world of monsters that profit from abuse and torture. Sad that karma doesn’t do to those that do this to other living, caring creatures.

  2. It’s absolutely unbelievable that in 2022 this torture exists. We are regressing, not progressing.

  3. The quick suffocation by not giving them air isnt even necessary, and it is cruel. The animals suffer before they die. If it were slower, then they would become unconscious first, and would not suffer so much, or even at all. Why not let it be slower? Why not let them not suffer?

    The suffocation using foam should be banned. It would always be sudden, and suffering would occur before the animals died.

  4. i would like to meet the sick son of a bitches who invent these tortures and perform the same on them. i would do it willingly and with a smile on my face.

  5. You really do wonder what type of person could come up with this. Over the years we’ve witnessed inhumane treatment of humans and animals, treated to heinous acts that only someone with a disturbed mind but lives amongst us, you would not choose to share this earth with. You will sit beside these people at a cafe or a bus ride. I’d really not want to do this as I wouldn’t want them in my space, near children or anyone for that matter.

  6. The world has gone satanic and these horrors are more evidence of that. Psychopaths who get off on torture and great suffering. In reality, there are no massive food animal “flu” outbreaks at all. Those are simply increasing numbers of fabricated storylines to disguise the plans to cut off all common food supplies, so most will either die of starvation OR feel forced into buying their Franken-GMO, lab-made, human-altering, fake ‘food’ garbage instead.

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