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Humanely Raised Meat Isn’t What You Think

A recent article in Food Safety News takes to task the misleading “humane meat marketing label, emphasizing the gross lack of federal oversight:

There are only about 148 (full-time equivalent) humane slaughter inspectors for the 148 million cows, pigs and sheep slaughtered every year at federally inspected establishments, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s the equivalent of just ONE humane slaughter inspector for every ONE MILLION animals.

To make matters worse, 98 percent of the animals killed for food in the United States are chickens and turkeys, who have little to no federal protections against cruelty and neglect. In fact, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act specifically excludes poultry from consideration.

“As a result, poultry plants suffer no consequences from the abuse of birds – even when done intentionally. There are no fines, no slowing or stopping of the slaughter line, and no shutting down of a plant with egregious or repeated violations, the article states.

The article also highlights a recent MFA investigation at a poultry slaughterhouse uncovering unspeakable cruelty, including birds having their throats sliced open while still conscious and able to feel pain, and severely sick, injured, and dying chickens sent through the slaughter line along with other birds intended for human consumption.

Watch the investigation here:


There’s no question that the best way to reduce the suffering of farmed animals is simply to leave them off the table.

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