Help Protect Downed Pigs and Other Farm Animals

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Originally Posted: 18 Aug 2010

Help Protect Downed Pigs and Other Farm Animals

FROM Farm Sanctuary

Urge USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to close the loophole in the current law and extend the same protections to ALL downed animals who are prodded, pushed and dragged to slaughter.


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And/Or make direct contact:

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166


In 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finally closed a loophole which had allowed downed cattle to be slaughtered for human food. While this action represents a major step in our efforts to protect downed animals from abuse, millions of pigs, sheep, goats, and other animals still languish, unable to walk or even stand in our nation’s production facilities, stockyards and slaughterhouses. Meat from downed animals is also more likely to be contaminated and/or diseased, posing a risk to those who consume it.


I was so pleased when the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the loophole allowing downed cattle to be slaughtered for human food. I am writing today to ask that you now take action for other animals by extending the rule on downed cattle to cover all species of livestock.

Pigs, sheep and goats too sick or injured to stand and walk on their own are still entering the food supply. These animals are often pushed, prodded and dragged to slaughter just as cattle once were, and they endure unspeakable abuse and neglect at production facilities, stockyards and slaughterhouses every day. These downed animals are also more likely to have diseases that can endanger the health of consumers.

Please take another step forward in increasing food safety and ensuring more humane treatment of animals by preventing the sale and slaughter of all downers. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!