Animal Welfare Institute Petitions USDA

Animal Welfare Institute Petitions USDA

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) petitioned USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) asking that all slaughter facilities be required to create and implement a comprehensive, written animal handling plan. 

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Facilities would be required to have 1) all workers who have contact with animals be trained in humane handling, 2) stunning equipment be routinely tested and maintained, and 3) back-up stunning devices be available in both the stunning and holding areas of every slaughter plant.  USDA is currently reviewing the petition.  

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