A 19th century law requiring that rail cars stop every 28 hours to
provide food water and rest to transported livestock, it just now
applies to trucks according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.
course, the livestock industry has raised concerns about the rule. They
are more interested in transporting their animals as fast as possible to
their destination. For example, according to Leon Yantis, president of
the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, trucks carrying calves avoid stopping
so the animals don't lie down, because calves travel better standing.
Surprisingly, the USDA had notified its staff in 2003 that the law
applied to trucks, but the decision did not become public until the
department responded to a petition filed by the Humane Society of the
United States. Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the HSUS
said that the "USDA's decision could substantially reduce suffering for
the millions of farm animals trucked long distances each year in the
United States." Unfortunately, this law doesn’t apply to chickens and
turkeys since they have always been exempted.
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The cruelty involved in animal transport is inexcusable, as well as
the exemption of poultry in animal protection laws. As stewards of God’s
creation we are failing miserably and the compassion shown to non-human
creatures is minimal. Maybe our hearts and minds could be opened to the
reality of animal exploitation if we decided to see life from the
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