Humane Society to Sue Over Poultry Slaughtering

US - Motivated by what it calls acts of cruelty in poultry slaughterhouses, the Humane Society of the United States says it will file suit today seeking to extend federal controls over livestock slaughter to protect birds.

The federal suit against the U.S. Agriculture Department will challenge the exclusion of poultry from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which requires that livestock be rendered unconscious or killed before being butchered.

The suit, to be filed today in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by the Humane Society and other animal rights advocates contends that the most widely used method of poultry slaughter injures still-conscious birds and results in an increased chance of food-borne infections in humans, in part because the birds ingest feces during processing.

Source: The Washington Post
calendar icon 24 November 2005
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