Thursday, June 12, 2014

USDA Not Enforcing Humane Slaughter Act

In 2013, the USDA's Office of the Inspector General released a report in which it accused the food safety division of not enforcing the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, and not even understanding what is legally required to be in compliance with the act. One meat plant in North Carolina has had several horrifying, repeat violations which should result in criminal charges.

"My organization is calling on USDA to refer egregious cruelty to federal prosecutors, as the agency is statutorily empowered to do, and also to withdraw federal grants of inspection from repeat violators," writes Bruce Friedrich, director of policy and advocacy at Farm Sanctuary. "USDA should start with this North Carolina plant, and unless it does, the agency should not be believed when it claims to take its humane slaughter mandate seriously."

Read Friedrich's full response to the report here.