Target: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Goal: Don’t allow poultry to be slaughtered inhumanely
The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act ensures that animals are slaughtered humanely and covers animals like pigs and cows, but leaves out chickens and turkeys. The loophole in this law allows poultry companies to treat the birds terribly.
Millions of birds are boiled alive every year, according to the USDA’s own findings. After being turned upside down, having their legs shackled and being stunned by an electric stunner, they then miss the neck-slicer machine designed to kill them and end up going into boiling water, which is designed to remove feathers, alive. While the USDA looks to make sure there is no cruelty going on that could adulterate the meat, it is lax on its standards and inspectors cannot do anything to stop the abuse. The USDA also recently increased speed on the line, making it harder for workers to properly shackle the birds in time and leading to more chickens and turkeys missing the neck slicer and boiling to death.
Sir Paul McCartney said, “chickens and turkeys are arguably the most abused animals on the face of the planet.” They face an incredible amount of cruelty in the slaughterhouses from people who do not care about a living animal. Tell the USDA to make sure these animals can be safe by creating legislation that will protect them.
Dear Mr. Vilsack,
Please protect poultry. Millions of chickens and turkeys boil to death every year in slaughterhouses. Please pass legislation that will protect these birds’ welfare and keep them from a horrific fate such as being boiled to death.
Please keep these birds in mind when reforming poultry plants. By reducing cruelty, you reduce wasted meat. These birds do not deserve to die cruelly. It is our responsibility to slaughter animals humanely. Please do that for these animals.
[Your Name Here]
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