Farmed animals are treated like shit. This, most people assume. But oftentimes it’s the “advancements” and “victories” for these animals that highlight how screwed up it all is. But last week another advancement in the legal status of farmed animals was celebrated. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) closed two major loopholes in its humane slaughter regulations. Now euthanasia will be be provided to spare some of the most abused farm animals from continued suffering, and inspection of animals happens sooner.
Here’s the deal: After existing in the factory farms and enduring transportation to the slaughter houses, many animals are “downed” – meaning, too sick or injured to even stand.
Slaughtering downed adult cows for human consumption has been prohibited by FSIS for more than a decade. Their reasoning being animal welfare and food safety concerns. But this banning did not include downed calves.
We still have a ways to go, but it’s important to note the victories – even as small as they may seem.