PETITION TARGET: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
At high-speed slaughter plants, terrified pigs are beaten, dragged, and electrically prodded to the kill floor, where workers slaughter them at the breakneck pace of 21 pigs per minute, according to The Guardian. Due to the speed of slaughter, some already abused pigs are dunked into tanks of boiling liquid while fully alive and conscious.
High-speed slaughter is dangerous to workers and food safety too. Faster slaughter speeds mean workers are more likely to suffer severe injuries. And the number of employees needed for high-speed slaughter also makes it difficult to keep appropriate distances, increasing their risk of spreading coronavirus throughout the facility.
If passed, the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act would prohibit high-speed slaughter during the pandemic, leading to safer conditions for both pigs and humans.
We must take action now. Animal welfare and human health are more important than profit.
Sign this petition urging U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to support and help pass the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act, for the sake of both animals and workers.