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
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February 9, 2015
You can help pass laws that protect animals in your state. Humane Lobby Day is easy, fun and guaranteed to make you feel like a powerful animal activist. We'll help you find the Humane Lobby Day in your state.
January 5, 2015
An undercover exposé at a “spent” egg-laying hen slaughter plant in Butterfield, Minn. revealed inhumane treatment of animals and potentially illegal cruelty.
December 17, 2014
The Tale of an Unprejudiced Heart: An Interview with James Cromwell on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Movie "Babe"
It was 20 years ago when a heartwarming Australian movie about a sociable pig named Babe captivated audiences in theaters across America. In this interview, award-winning actor James Cromwell talks about animal issues and the ways Babe changed his life.
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.