Full Title Name:  To Promulgate Additional Regulations Implementing the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act to Prevent Incidents of Inhumane Handling and the Needless Suffering of Animals at Slaughter

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Country of Origin:  United States Citation:  Submitted by Animal Welfare Institute Agency Origin:  Submitted to Department of Agriculture Last Checked:  March, 2015 Date Adopted:  2013
Summary: Petitioner requests that the Secretary amend Humane Methods of Slaughter Act regulations to require all slaughter establishments take a systematic approach to animal welfare by preparing and maintaining a comprehensive, written humane handling plan, and make other changes that are needed to prevent unnecessary incidents of inhumane handling at slaughter. These amendments include requiring routine testing and maintenance of stunning equipment, the availability of backup stunning devices, and employee training in animal handling. The purpose of the requested action is to protect the welfare of animals during the slaughter process and to provide safer and better working conditions for persons engaged in the slaughter industry. Read the regulation the petitioner sought to amend.
Documents:  PDF icon AWI Humane Slaughter Petition (body).pdf (419.69 KB) PDF icon AWI Humane Slaughter Petition (exhibits).pdf (2.17 MB)

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