Imagine being hung upside down, shocked into paralysis, having your throat cut, then drowned in hot water...while you’re conscious. That’s the stuff of nightmares, and it’s the tragic reality for billions of birds each year. These animals have virtually no protection from the worst slaughter abuses.
Nearly all animals killed for food in the U.S. are chickens and turkeys—more than nine billion each year. They're shackled upside down, paralyzed by electrified water and dragged over mechanical throat-cutting blades ... all while conscious. Millions of birds each year miss the blades and drown in tanks of scalding water.
This occurs because the U.S. Department of Agriculture exempts birds from its enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which requires that farm animals be insensible to pain before they're shackled and killed. The HSUS is working with retailers and the USDA to help move companies that slaughter birds toward a less cruel system.Help stop this
News & Events
May 12, 2014
Twelve Senators led by Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to close a loophole in federal regulations that allows downer calves – those too sick, injured or weak to stand on their own – to be slaughtered for food.
March 28, 2014
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected a lawsuit challenging new federal rules requiring meat producers to disclose the national origins of meat products.
March 18, 2014
With the close of Indiana’s legislation session, animal advocates celebrate the defeat of two bills that would have been harmful to animals:
February 12, 2014
Following a recent slaughter plant shutdown triggered by a Humane Society of the United States investigation, a bipartisan group of 72 Members of Congress are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to close a loophole in federal regulations.