Downed Animals

The ASPCA opposes the use of downed animals— those too sick or injured to stand or walk unassisted— in both the human and animal food systems. These animals must be treated for recovery or humanely euthanized when appropriate. Forcing these animals to stand or walk, endure transport (except for veterinary treatment) or withstand livestock markets or auctions, results in unacceptable cruelty. The ASPCA urges the use of appropriate animal breeds, housing that meets animals’ physical needs, proper handling of animals, and proper transport methods to reduce the chance of an animal going down. The ASPCA also advocates for swift and appropriate medical attention, including euthanasia when appropriate, for all downed animals. These measures will help animals achieve Freedom from Pain, Injury and Disease as well as Freedom from Fear and Distress.