End Disgusting Practice of Killing Hundreds of Animals Per Minute in Slaughterhouses

Target: Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader of the United States Senate

Goal: Demand stricter regulations on line speeds at slaughterhouses to protect farm animal, worker, and consumer welfare.

High-speed slaughter systems pose serious threats to farm animal welfare, as well as consumer and worker health. Faster line speeds make it more difficult for slaughterhouse workers to abide by humane treatment, stunning, and handling regulations, subjecting animals to greater risks of abuse. Some chicken slaughterhouses allow 175 birds to be killed per minute, while many pig farms have no speed-related regulations, and workers can kill as many animals as they can get their hands on.

During the pandemic, meat processing plants became hotspots for Covid-19, with more than 57,000 meatpacking workers having tested positive for the virus. The failure of meat corporations to provide employees with proper safety equipment and social distancing guidelines combined with line speed increases administered during the Trump era administration proved hazardous for workers’ health.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has justification over line speed legislation. Slaughterhouses are constantly requesting increases in line speed regulations, as the more animals that are killed the more profit they will yield. The Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act has been reintroduced to both the House and Senate as a way of counteracting slaughterhouse interests. If passed, this law would require the USDA to suspend all current and future increases in line speeds at meat and poultry establishments, thus prioritizing the safety of frontline workers, consumers, and animals over the greed of large meatpacking corporations.

Sign this petition to demand Congress pass the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act and do more to uphold the welfare standards of farm animals, meat-processing plant workers, and consumers.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Schumer,

Legislation encouraging methods of high-speed slaughter are extremely misguided, as the dangers of high-speed slaughter systems much outweigh the benefits. Faster lines increase the likelihood of animal welfare violations, as they make it more difficult for workers to follow proper animal care and handling procedures. As a result, animals may be improperly stunned before being slaughtered and left conscious during the entire painful process. The speed at which these lines move also make room for greater errors in food sanitation laws, such as an increased probability of food contamination.

Meatpacking workers also suffer as a result. During the pandemic, these processing plants became hotspots for Covid-19, and over 57,000 individuals contracted the virus due to the failure of large corporations to provide their employees with adequate safety equipment and guidelines. Instead, all these companies seem to care about is killing the most animals in the least amount of time. Recently, the reintroduction of the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act to the House and Senate has emerged as a possible reprieve for animals and workers impacted by high-speed slaughter. The suspension of all current and future increases in line speeds at meat and poultry establishments would instate much needed protections that are currently lacking today.

We are asking you, Mr. Schumer, to prioritize the welfare of animals, workers, and consumers over the profit of meat and poultry corporations, and to enact the Safe Line Speeds Act.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Thomas Bjørkan


59 Comments

  1. Julie Bates says:

    MAY LIFE GIVE THESE CEO A SLOW AND PAINFUL DEATH 💀

  2. WHEN DOES HUMANITY EVOLVE BEYOND THE DEPRAVITY AND CONSCIOUSNESSLESS OF THESE HORRIFFIC SLAUGHTER HOUSES??
    INSTEAD OF SPENDING BILLIONS TO BIG PHARMARA TO “FIND CURES” FOR DISEASES CAUSED BY THE CHEMICALS AND HORMONES WE CONSUME WITH MEAT, WE LEARN THAT THERE ARE HEALTHIER WAYS TO EAT THAT DO NOT CAUSE THIS UNSPEAKABLE ANIMAL SUFFERING???

  3. MICHAEL BAVARO says:

    HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE DO THIS IN GOOD CONSCIENCE?

  4. If everyone were forced to spend 5 minutes in a slaughterhouse, there would never be another f****** hamburger sold, and many of the diseases humanity suffers with will be tremendously reduced.

    • You are soooo right and if we could get one very rich person to financially support this education world wide….wow…THAT would be the kind of world I want to live in!!

  5. Catherine Emerson says:

    All slaughter houses are cruel but Halal and other religious slaughter is abhorrant. The UK panders to immigrants and their descendants demands for animals to be conscious whilst having their throats slit or stabbed and they have the odacity to pray whilst causing such suffering. Damn hypocrites. This is a Christian country and out stupid government has forgotten that.

    • YOU BET!!! We must be VERY CAREFUL when voting…..while we encourage people to bring their cultures with them…NOT WHEN IT SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW!!!

    • TOTALLY AGREE, CRUELTY IS CRUELTY, AN ANIMAL DOESN’T SUFFER LESS UNDER THE GUISE OF RELIGIOUS “CULTURE”, or ANY cultural “TRADITION” for that matter!!! The Romans used to have animal fights in the Coliseum, lions killing a poor bull or something, and that was entertainment, so sick, but guess what, they EVOLVED, and it’s BEYOND TIME the entire world does!!!! Do you HEAR THAT SPAIN, MEXICO, EVERYWHERE THAT TORTURES INNOCENT ANIMALS, INCLUDING HERE IN THE U.S.??? God Bless & help the animals!!! 🙏🙏🙏

  6. As long as we turn our backs on the unspeakable suffering of animals in slaughter houses we’ll be supporting Big Pharma whose greed promotes drugs to counter the diseases related to the chemicals and hormones in meat. WAKE UP !!!

    • YUP…so we live our best lives supporting clean eating [NO BODYPARTS] and NOT supporting big pharma. I prefer to put my income towards helping animals in every way I can…..

  7. THE HUMAN BEING IS THE CRUELEST AND MOST EVIL BEING OF ALL SPECIES!!! GO VEGAN!!!!!

  8. ANYONE INVOLVED IN THE KEEPING AND SLAUGHTER OF ANY ANIMALS ARE TRULY DISGUSTING, WICKED, EVIL LOW-LIFE. THESE ANIMALS ARE WAY ABOVE THESE SO CALLED `HUMANS`AND ARE EVOLVED SO FAR AHEAD OF THEM.
    SUCH EVIL GREED IS BEYOND THE COMPREHENSION OF DECENT PEOPLE BUT ALAS THERE ARE SO MANY WHO THINK IT’S OK TO TREAT THESE POOR SOULS LIKE THIS. SUCH WICKED CRUELTY WILL NEVER, EVER, EVER BE ACCEPTABLE.
    YOUR KARMA YOU ARE MAKING WILL, YES TRULY WILL, FIND YOU AND REPAY YOU IN FULL. YOU ARE PATHETIC EXCUSES FOR `HUMANS`.

  9. My Belief is:

    Once humans get a firm grip on kindness and compassion to ALL LIFE we SHARE this planet with, we will then look at each other with this same kindness, once the human race gets there [animals are already there] fixing the environment [our planet] will be a real, permanent attitude!!

    SO WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR!!!

  10. Cathy McCormick says:

    Disgusting and cruel slaughterhouse practices must be changed to make all pain and suffering illegal.

  11. Patricia Leigh Wicker says:

    Slaughterhouses are CRUEL. SADISTIC, AND PURE EVIL!!!! THESE ANIMALS DO NOT DESERVE TORTURE BEFORE THEY DIE!!! YOU PEOPLE HAVE NO CONCIENCE, DISGUSTING!!!!!!!

  12. Maria Lavorato says:

    Stop eating meat!

    Anyone involved in the pain and suffering of animals at slaughterhouses will pay the piper some way or another! I just hope it is with the same pain and suffering you caused to each and every innocent animal!

    Enact the Safe Line Speeds Act and ENFORCE it at the very minimum!

  13. Julia Edinger says:

    😡😡😡😡😡 stopped this awful awful treatment to Gods precious gifts !!!!! Evil being deserves the same,,,,,KARMA!!!!

  14. As Sir Paul McCartney said ‘ If slaughter houses had glass walls the world would be vegan’ (sorry if that’s not exactly right). I just don’t know how it’s allowed. Don’t the people in government realize how popular they would be if they stopped this vile crap. Forget the bribery of lobbiests and support what people who voted want.

  15. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    SLOW DOWN LINE SPEEDS in ALL types of slaughterhouses NOW. Safety and proper handling as humanely as possible over profits!

  16. STOP KILLING ALL ANIMALS CRUELLY, ABUSIVE, AND INHUMANE WAYS IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

  17. It’s beyond sad and despicable how animals receive no respect to be humans dinner.

  18. This will only end when people STOP EATING ANIMALS. No petition will change things until these businesses see their profits disappearing as more people turn plant-based.
    It is already starting, because animal food production is simply unsustainable – human overpopulation, zoonotic diseases, climate change. This is all a a part of this. Agriculture companies are already starting to experiment with vegan alternatives and growing meat from cells.
    Those who cannot or will not change will die out.
    That is how change always happens.

  19. The only way to shutdown these hellholes is to GO VEGAN!
    Vegan lifestyle is the only truly ethical lifestyle because it’s 100% CRUELTY-FREE.
    PEACE BEGINS on your PLATE!! Violence against animals is a CRIME, even if approved by the authorities that have legalized mass-extermination of non-humans around the world. Animals are bred in the billions to end up on your plate! It’s like they gave you life just to kill you and eat you. Slaughterhouses are hell on Earth. Each time you buy animal products you are contributing to the dehumanization of the human race, including self-debasement! Millions of Ethical Vegans fight for nonhuman rights because we share this Earth with other beings similar to us in many ways. Dignity is NOT exclusive to humans! Dignity is a right given by God to every being. You have NO right to defile this dignity for your own comfort, selfishness, ignorance and arrogance. You are NOT “superior” to other species. You are EQUAL!
    GO VEGAN for a compassionate world embracing ALL Earthlings! Animal agriculture destroys our planet, the environment, your health….and inflicts untold sufferings on defenseless animals imprisoned in this hell!
    Delicious vegan foods are available in all food stores, very yummy fake-meats inclusive!!

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