ALL Downers Deserve Better

Sadly, millions of animals who are too sick, weak or injured to stand, known as “downers,” are forced to make their way into the slaughterhouse by any means necessary.

While there has been a victory for cattle with the USDA’s adoption of a regulatory ban on sending downer cows to slaughter for human consumption, that still leaves pigs, sheep, goats and other livestock at the mercy of those who see nothing but dollar signs.

Farm Sanctuary is currently working to urge Obama to extend legal protections to all farm animals with their No Downers Campaign.

“The abuse of living, breathing, feeling pigs who are too sick, injured and weak to stand is incongruent with our values of mercy and compassion,” said Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur. “We urge President Obama to make good on his pledge to be mindful of animal cruelty by demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extend legal protections to downed pigs and all farm animals.”

Not only is abuse of this nature completely unacceptable, but allowing sick animals into the food supply is also putting people at risk. According to Farm Sanctuary, “Slaughterhouse records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that USDA has approved meat from downed animals suffering from numerous conditions, including gangrene, hepatitis, malignant lymphoma, and pneumonia.”

No one seems to have an accurate number for how many downed animals are slaughtered for food each year. In 1999 the American Association of Bovine Practitioners estimated 195,000 cattle. Other estimates for pigs were between 100,000 to over 900,000, while there are no numbers regarding how many sheep, goats or horses there are.

Please take a minute to sign Farm Sanctuary’s petition asking Obama to extend legal protections to ALL downed farm animals. 

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Kathleen S.
Kathy S4 years ago

Animals will never be treated fairly when money is involved. Animals will continue to suffer because too many humans lack compassion and empathy.

antonia maestre
antonia maestre5 years ago

"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Martina Z.
Martina Z7 years ago

Me siento absolutamente indignada por las condiciones de vida de estos animales y, por más que lo piense, no puedo sino adoptar una postura totalmente radical. ¡No a la tortura e intolerable matanza de seres indefensos!, con todas las consecuencias que ello conlleva.

Tanwi S.
Tanwi S7 years ago

Ik heb getend

pierluigi bonatesta


Dmitry Bershadsky

Thats is why i am a vegeterian.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p8 years ago

it`s disgusting and a disgrace how these poor animals are treated.ihope the pos committing these crimes,get what they deserve some day.

Lynda S.
Lynda S8 years ago

In the past three months I have seen so many horrific videos on slaughter houses is the USA and Canada it has turned me totally against eating meat. What kind of sick and twisted individuals work in these places? In one video the USDA was present in a veal slaughter house torturing one day old calves, dowsing them with water and shocking them with electrical prods using the water to make the shock hurt more. They were kicking them, throwing them up against the wall and sliting their throats and skinning them alive. They aren't human at all. The slaughter house was told not to continue by the USDA rep or their could be problems in the future. What a future.

Daylight Chapon
Lisa Kiran8 years ago

"I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground." (Reply to friends who chided him for delaying them by stopping to return a fledgling to its nest.) ~ Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States

"Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other." ~ Dr. Louis J. Camuti, first US veterinarian to devote his practice to felines only

Marishka k.
Marishka k8 years ago

save the animals