Seeking Protection for Poultry
The Humane Society sued the U.S.
Department of Agriculture two years ago asking for poultry to be
covered by the nearly 50-year-old Humane Methods of Slaughter Act,
which says livestock must be stunned or rendered unable to feel pain
before they're killed.
Last week (11/07), the San Francisco's U.S. District
Court Judge, Marilyn Hall Patel, heard arguments concerning the
inclusion of turkeys under that Act. HSUS' lawyers want birds to be
included; however, attorneys for the USDA believe poultry are
already mentioned in other laws Congress passed in which they
intended to include the birds. Richard Lobb of the National Chicken
Council said, "This is just the kind of campaign [by animal activist
organizations] meant to make life difficult for people who turn
animals into food."
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Group calls for humane poultry slaughter in SF federal court
It is shocking
that no law exists that protects turkeys, not even at the time of
slaughter. This is one more example of the callousness of the meat
industry, which sees nothing wrong in exploiting God's animals for
profit and taste, while creating intense suffering to them, people's
health and the environment.