On May 28, Cory Booker joined eight other Senators in sending a letter to the Senate asking for them to stop higher-speed slaughter for chickens, pigs and cows during the coronavirus pandemic. In an emailed statement, Mercy for Animals joined the Senators in asking them to consider animal rights.

Mercy for Animals is asking for Senate leadership to add these changes to a coronavirus-relief bill. Undercover footage shows dangers of high-speed slaughter to both animals and humans.

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“COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on the immense suffering animals and slaughterhouse workers endure for cheap meat,” said Leah Garcés, president of Mercy For Animals, in an emailed statement. “High-speed slaughter lines increase the risk of human error that results in the slaughter of fully conscious animals. They also force workers to stand close together, making slaughterhouses hotspots for the spread of COVID-19, which also endangers surrounding communities. Mercy For Animals, along with 21 other organizations that protect workers, consumers, and animals, is calling on Congress to prohibit higher-speed slaughter of birds, pigs, and cows. We must transform our inefficient, inhumane, and unsustainable food system. We can start today by passing this commonsense legislation.”

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