Did you know that under current federal law, slaughter plants have the option of allowing calves who are too weak or injured to stand to be killed for food? Infant calves, some just days old, can suffer extreme abuse including repeated electric shocks, kicking, and beating as workers try to drag the helpless animals to slaughter.
In response to a petition by The HSUS, USDA has tentatively approved rules to remove the option of slaughtering calves who cannot stand and require that downed calves be humanely euthanized. Please urge the USDA to protect calves from abuse by permanently adopting these new rules.
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO
It never ceases to amaze me at the cruelty of some people, how can anyone have a heart to kick an animal while down. These people are monsters and don't deserve to be on this planet
I AGREE WITH YOU SALLY J. THEY ARE MONSTERS, I EVER ASK TO MYSELF HOW CAN THIS PEOPLE SLEEP, OR LOOK AT THE EYES OF THEIR CHIDREN?
Noted and signed. Thank you Betty.
Personalized letter sent. Thank you very much for posting.
thank you Betty and to everyone else for their comments on which i totally agree
This is what I received from my Senator in regards to this.
Thank you for contacting me about ensuring the humane treatment of downed animals. I appreciate hearing from you on the issue.
I agree with you that animals raised for food should be treated humanely through every state of the livestock process. I also believe that any animal that is downed due to disease, such as foot-in-mouth or BSE, should be immediately removed from the herd and euthanized. However, different species react differently to factors such as stress and heat, which can cause them to be sluggish or unable to move. Mandating a blanket regulation that states any downed animal, without verifying or testing as to why that animal is downed, may not be sound policy. What I do support is giving the United States Department of Agriculture the tools they need to monitor the livestock process from beginning to end and determining which downed animals should be euthanized and which animals may stay in the food chain.
I checked out cow disease and there are a number of them. I guess that they only consider these two. As for giving the DOA the tools to monitor livestock, isn’t that what they are already supposed to be doing?
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