Video Monitoring at Slaughterhouses Should be Required

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Originally Posted: 24 Nov 2010

Video Monitoring at Slaughterhouses Should be Required

FROM  Farm Sanctuary

ACTION

Urge FSIS (The Food Safety Inspection Service) to make video monitoring at slaughterhouses not merely a recommendation, but a requirement.

Go here and find Submit a Comment to FSIS. The public is invited to comment before December 14.

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sub-agency responsible for overseeing animal handling at most slaughterhouses, recently proposed draft guidelines for the industry encouraging the use of video monitoring at slaughter facilities. Research and other investigations demonstrate that animal handling violations are rarely reported or properly addressed, yet the agency only suggests that slaughterhouses use video technology to expand oversight and encourage better practices.

Over the years, we’ve seen far too many shocking images of heartbreaking cruelty in the name of animal agriculture, proving that what little legal protection exists for farm animals in the U.S. is not only woefully inadequate, but also clearly under-enforced. While federal law and regulation attempts to prohibit certain abusive practices at slaughterhouses, the reality, sadly, often falls short of those intentions.

The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sub-agency responsible for overseeing animal handling at most slaughterhouses, recently proposed draft guidelines for the industry encouraging the use of video monitoring at slaughter facilities. Research and other investigations demonstrate that animal handling violations are rarely reported or properly addressed, yet the agency only suggests that slaughterhouses use video technology to expand oversight.

With billions of farm animals forced through production lines in the U.S. each year, and a small number of inspectors actually present at each facility, it’s nearly impossible to ensure that each individual animal is safe from the most egregious abuses.


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