Two animal welfare groups - Farm Sanctuary and The Animal Welfare Institute - filled a petition with the United States Department of Agriculture, where they asked the agency to establish rules for poultry plants. In the petition, the organizations claim chickens and turkeys have no legal protection against abuse because they are not covered by the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The petition calls on the USDA to establish regulations and set penalties for those who violate it.
In response to an HLN inquiry, the USDA said, “…we take humane handling very seriously and will give the petition a full review.”
Jane is joined by Bruce Friedrich, Senior Advocacy Director for Farm Sanctuary.