17 March 2010

Americans urge Obama to ban all downed animals from entering food supply

This week marks the one year anniversary of President Obama’s federal ban on downed cattle entering the food supply. To celebrate the event, Farm Sanctuary hand delivered a petition to the USDA signed by over 15,000 people urging the President to create the same protections to sick and injured pigs and other downed farm animals.

“The slaughter of downed animals for human food is not only grossly inhumane, it is a serious threat to the health and safety of the American people,” said Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur. “Last week’s Congressional hearing demonstrated that the USDA has tended to protect the abusive, profit-driven interests of big agribusiness at the expense of the well-being of the American people and the animals entrusted to our care. We urge President Obama to demand that the USDA extend legal protections to downed pigs and other farm animals. Like all animals, farm animals have feelings, and they deserve to be protected from cruelty.”

Since 1986 Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, has worked to win legal protections for downed farm animals through the organization’s No Downers Campaign—seeing victory last year when President Obama announced the new USDA rule banning the slaughter of downed animals for human consumption.

For more information about Farm Sanctuary’s No Downers Campaign visit farmsanctuary.org.

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