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
October 24, 2014
A hotline for reporting cruelty and neglect on factory farms, at livestock auctions and in slaughter houses will empower employees at those facilities who have witnessed cruelty or other unlawful acts.
August 21, 2014
Today neighbors of a Minnesota pig factory served a legal complaint alleging that horrible odors from the facility have made their lives miserable, and are a nuisance under Minnesota law.
August 15, 2014
En el día de hoy residentes de Minnesota que viven cerca de una instalación industrializada de producción porcina presentarán una demanda que alega que los olores expedidos por la instalación son insoportables.
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.