Farm animals have long been exploited and treated like disposable objects by humans, and as a petition on Care2 reminds us, some states have no humane slaughter protections in place for farm animals. The petition explains that backyard slaughter operations are particularly dangerous because they are exempt from regulations larger slaughter facilities are legally required to abide by.
According to the petition’s author, there are several reasons why unregulated backyard slaughter operations are harmful. The animals are routinely mistreated and even bludgeoned, stabbed and butchered while still alive. The carcasses and body parts that cannot be sold on the black market are discarded amongst the living animals, risking their health and well-being. In Idaho in particular, the blood from these butchered animals spreads into protected wetlands, harming the water quality and wildlife. Additionally, these backyard slaughter operations often happen in populated areas, where nearby residents are exposed to harmful diseases from the careless disposal of the dead bodies.
If you are upset by these backyard slaughter operations, please take a moment to sign this petition addressed to Idaho Speaker Scott Bedke, informing him of the risks involved in backyard slaughters. Most people have no idea these practices occur, so please help spread awareness by sharing this with your friends. Change begins with public education!
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