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Did you know that, despite the fact that chickens make 95 percent of all the animals slaughtered for food in the U.S., no federal animal welfare laws exist for poultry birds in factory farms? This week, however, two animal welfare groups filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to change that.

While the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act is in place for cattle, swines, and other animals, birds have “no clear protections against abusive treatments in slaughterhouses.” The welfare groups have asked the USDA to go much further than the Poultry Products Inspection Act, which mandates that the “mistreatment of a bird causes some or all of it to become unfit for human consumption.” This, however, is just a guideline that some call “hit or miss,” judging from the less than half of poultry plants that actually cite any violations under the current guidelines. Thus, many say, formal law is needed.

“A rule is a legal obligation. Until you have a rule, you can’t get meaningful enforcement. This next step is needed.” said Bruce Friedrich, senior policy director for Farm Sanctuary.

The National Chicken Council, an industry group, said in a response that animal abuse is “exceedingly rare” and that all of the needed guidelines are already in place.

Really? Is that why nearly a million birds are boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses?  How about the broken bones the birds experience when they are forced into metal shackles along the line?

While we would like to see factory farms banned altogether, the rules these two animal welfare groups have petitioned for would be a step in the right direction – at least some standards for birds would be in place. Until we meet the day when “processing” of any animal is illegal, this will have to do for now.

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13 comments on “Animal Welfare Groups Petition USDA for Bird Welfare Rules”

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Jessica Pritt
2 Years Ago

Glad that we have that now. :D


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Jessica Pritt
2 Years Ago

I was on here looking for petitions to sign, but I can\'t find any. Can someone help me?


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Rama Ganesan
3 Years Ago

On another note, I thought PETA had some successes in influencing regulations on cage size, how many birds can be housed together, and at least one other?


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Rama Ganesan
3 Years Ago

Some cultures, like mine, are meat-free. But they don't realize that milk and egg farming are worse practices than meat farming. 'Layers' live wretched lives and I would have signed the petitions too.


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Felicia Yasmine Daniél-Brønderslev
3 Years Ago

:(


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Shirley Furgoch
3 Years Ago

45 years without meat...have never been able to get past the suffering.


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Victoria Harper
3 Years Ago

This article is dated on Christmas Eve. If you cared so very much about this issue, why did you not post links to the animal welfare groups who had petitions going? Or name those groups? Many of us would sign each and every one.


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Laura Johnson
3 Years Ago

Veganism works for awhile IF the person has been previously raised on a diet which includes meat. Active Vitamin B12 is NOT found in plants! So, those who want the peoples of the world to become vegans are asking for the rest of us to forego good health. Active Vitamin B12 is found in MEAT and not in plants! That is why many of those who have been vegan for many years will find they have nutritional deficiencies. This whole idea of wanting people to be vegans is partly related to the animal rights agenda of NO HUMAN/ANIMAL CONTACT. IMO that is a ridiculous idea since humans and animals have interacted ever since we existed. People enjoy animals as companions...as working partners...and as food items. For vegans and animal rights ideologues to want to destroy that relationship is a CONTROL issue. Freedom of choice is very important if we are going to continue to live in a democracy!


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Julio Ruben Terveen
3 Years Ago

Very Sad let's do something about it quick thank you


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Valle Alicia
3 Years Ago

Sad :(


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