Victory! Bid to Increase Chicken Slaughter Line Speeds Denied!
The USDA has officially declined the National Chicken Council's petition to increase slaughter line speeds that are already operating so fast that chickens often miss the blade that slits their throat and are mercilessly boiled alive in scalding tanks. You helped make this victory possible!
Former Tyson slaughterhouse employee, Virgil Butler, provides a first-hand account:
"When this happens, the chickens scream, kick, and their eyeballs pop out of their heads. They often come out of the other end with broken bones and disfigured and missing body parts because they've struggled so much in the tank."
The current 2014 ruling under the Food Safety and Inspection Service allows line speeds of up to 140 birds per minute – that's 2.3 birds every second! The fact that the National Chicken Council even tried to increase these speeds speaks volumes about its concern for animal suffering.
The industry needs to know that consumers care. Only when we put a price on animal suffering by removing our financial support from its products will it listen, and the best way to do so is by transitioning to a veg diet. Click here to learn how by downloading our free and simple guide.
To read IDA's official statement to the USDA in opposition to the National Chicken Council's proposal, please click here.