14 May 2008
Chickens are excluded from the U.S. Animal Welfare Act and from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
The 2002 farm bill amended the definition of “animal” in the Animal Welfare Act to specifically exclude birds, rats, and mice, bred for use in research. Current AWA regulations also exclude horses not used for research, animals farmed for food, fur, or fiber, and other farm animals.
"...there is no specific Federal humane handling and slaughter statute for poultry..."
1. USDA Farm Bill Forum Comment Summary & Background (Doc.)
2. USDA Animal Welfare Act and Regulations
3. USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
* LEARN MORE:
Poultry Slaughter: the need for legislation (PDF)
Photo Gallery: Wishful Thinking vs. Reality
Karen Davis, PhD, founder and president of United Poultry Concerns
* ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Male chicks, of no economic value to the egg industry, are typically gassed or ground up alive. - From FACTS of Interest