The Food Safety Inspection Service has published their FSIS Compliance Guidelines for a Systematic Approach to the Humane Handling of Livestock, which allows for individual slaughter facilities to devise and implement their own humane handling…
This is just the tip of the iceberg! Dr. Friedlander, a former USDA inspector and witnessed this type of cruelty on a daily basis and lost his position for speaking out. http://animalvoices.ca/2005/01/04/dr-lester-friedlander-exposes-the-meat-industry/
Many others have been punished for speaking up and out against multiple abuses of an animals. (See: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/28/4320072/animal-abuse-persists-at-some.html) Here is just a sample of how slaughter plants behave:
"The meat industry has been scandalized in recent years by undercover videos showing horrific abuse of farm animals on their way to slaughter: workers kicking piglets like volleyballs, skinning veal calves alive and ramming a forklift into a sick cow."
"In March 2010, Dean Wyatt, a USDA veterinarian, told a congressional hearing that when he tried to enforce the humane slaughter act, he was overruled by his bosses and eventually punished."
"At a plant in Minnesota, investigators saw a hog emerge from a carbon dioxide chamber still conscious and alert." “Instead of immediately re-stunning the hog, it took plant employees over 1½ minutes to administer a stun with the captive bolt gun,” auditors said." In a testament to one Indiana pig’s incredible luck and sheer will to live, auditors said the animal was stunned with a captive bolt gun that misfired, causing the bolt to lodge in the animal’s skull. It remained conscious and aware while the plant sent for another gun, which also misfired. The hog remained conscious, squealed and somehow managed to dislodge the first bolt from its skull. Finally, workers put it out of its misery with an electric stunner.
"Among the 85 enforcement actions since May 2012 is a New York plant cited in March when inspectors found a calf that was still gasping for air after it had been partly eviscerated and skinned."
Can you imagine the abuse that will occur if these slaughter plants are able to make their own rules?
FSIS (Food Safety Inspection Service) has published new guidelines for the humane handling of livestock that encourages each slaughter plant to develop and implement their OWN plans! Can you imagine how that is going to go? That is outrageous and needs to be countered with your own comments. All slaughter plants should have video evidence of any and all areas of a slaughter plant in order to adhere to the Humane Slaughter Act (See; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humane_Slaughter_Act), FSIS is seeking comments, please go to http://www.noequineslaughter.org/fsis-humane-handling-comments/ and make your thoughts known!"
"WHAT YOU ALLOW, IS WHAT WILL CONTINUE"
See on www.noequineslaughter.org