Tell the USDA, “Not so fast!” Join former Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator Scott David at a press conference and rally exposing the hidden horrors he documented at one of the fastest pig-killing plants in the country, operating under the USDA’s high-speed slaughter pilot program. We will deliver our petition, signed by over a quarter million people, to the USDA urging them not to expand their high-speed slaughter program nationwide. The government’s proposal will jeopardize millions of pigs, consumers, and workers.
Under the proposal, misleadingly titled the “Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection,” slaughter plants would be able to set their own slaughter line speeds, food safety inspection would be largely placed in the hands of the slaughterhouses themselves, and the number of government food safety inspectors on the line would be reduced.
In 2015, Scott documented egregious cruelty, as well as pigs covered in feces or pus-filled abscesses being slaughtered and processed for human consumption with a USDA inspection seal of approval, in an investigation of Quality Pork Processors (QPP). Though this plant is considered a model for the expansion of the USDA’s pilot program, COK’s footage also reveals pigs being shocked, dragged, and improperly stunned as workers struggled to keep up with line speeds.
This proposed rule is a step backward at a time when the public is hungry for transparency in how animals and workers alike are treated in the fast-paced environment of slaughterhouses.