A coalition of animal-rights groups recently filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
This for failing to protect pigs who are too sick or injured to walk to slaughterhouses, posing serious risks to animals and food safety.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Rochester, NY on behalf of Farm Sanctuary, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Outlook, Animal Welfare Institute, Compassion in World Farming, Farm Forward, and Mercy For Animals.
It challenges the USDA’s failure to follow Congress’ longstanding mandates regarding “downed” and “non-ambulatory” animals, as well as its recent denial of a petition to ban the slaughter of these sick or injured animals.
According to the plaintiffs, more than half a million sick or injured pigs arrive at US slaughterhouses each year.
Downed pigs are at a heightened risk of carrying a host of human-transmissible pathogens and risk inhumane handling, including being excessively electro-shocked and dragged by workers attempting to force them to move…