Wednesday, March 18, 2009

USDA bans downer animals from being slaughtered

In his weekly radio and video address on food safety, President Obama announced the permanent ban of slaughter of so-called "downer" animals, i.e., animals that are too weak or sick to stand (check out minute 4:30 of the video). Although the President listed food safety concerns rather than animal welfare as the reason for the ban, the new Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the ban was "a step forward for both food safety and the standards for humane treatment of animals."

Wayne Pacelle from the Humane Society of the United States applauded the move at a great post on his blog.

Link: AP story at Sun-Sentinel

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