Fighting Animal Cruelty

Paws Up!

To the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service for announcing updated rules for their inspectors regarding the inhumane treatment of animals at USDA-inspected facilities.

According to a news report, “The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced updated and more vigorous rules for federal inspectors to combat inhumane treatment of animals at USDA-inspected facilities. The rules go into effect Sept. 15 and will require personnel to:

“… ensure that treatment of livestock during handling and slaughter minimizes the animal’s amount of excitement, pain, injury or discomfort.

Photo by Xosé Castro Roig

Notably, this directive includes a definition for ‘egregious inhumane treatment’. Under this definition, an egregious situation is any act or condition that results in severe harm to animals, which includes the excessive beating or prodding of disabled livestock, stunning animals and allowing them to regain consciousness, or any treatment causing unnecessary pain and suffering.”

Take Action: The best way to ensure livestock are treated humanely is to not eat them. A vegan/vegetarian lifestyle saves many lives, maybe your own. You can also send a letter to the Food Safety and Inspection Service thanking them for protecting the animals in our food supply.

Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator
Food Safety and Inspection Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Tele. No.: 202-720-7025

Source:
http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-08-17-baby-steps-usda-tiptoes-toward-fighting-animal-cruelty

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