The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is taking comments until early April on whether additional farmed animals should be protected under the “no downer” rule of 2009. Cattle are the only animals now protected.
The “no downer” rule states that any cattle not able to walk to slaughter must be humanely euthanized and not slaughtered and sold for human food consumption. However, all other farmed animals are exempt from this protection. Some who are too weak, injured, or ill are shocked, beaten, and dragged to slaughter or are simply left to languish and die. These animals have the capacity to suffer just as cattle do and should be protected just as cattle are.
Send a letter to the administrator FSIS urging his agency to add pigs, goats, sheep, and other farmed animals to the “no downer” protection rule.
Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator
Food Safety Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-3700