Update—December 14, 2017: The comment period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who spoke up on behalf of birds, workers and consumers! Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to stay up-to-date as this issue progresses.
In 2014, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) set a cap on slaughter speeds for industrial chicken slaughterhouses after tens of thousands of concerned consumers, inspectors and worker safety advocates spoke out against the dangers of faster slaughter.
These facilities already kill up to 140 birds per minute. That’s more than two birds per second. Now, unless we speak up, Big Chicken could get permission from the USDA to kill birds even faster—all for the sake of lining their pockets.
That’s because the National Chicken Council (the chicken industry’s trade group representing companies including Tyson, Perdue and Pilgrim’s Pride) is petitioning the USDA to allow chicken slaughter plants to increase slaughter speeds. If the USDA accepts this reckless and inhumane proposal, it would cause more painful deaths for chickens, compromise workers’ safety and potentially threaten food safety.
We can’t allow this to happen. The USDA is taking comments on this issue for a short period of time, and the agency needs to hear from you that you won’t allow it to turn its back on birds, workers and consumers for the sake of Big Chicken’s greed.