Humane Slaughter Violations
Slaughter plants that violate the humane slaughter law may face one or more enforcement actions, including suspension of plant operations. AWI has issued a report on humane slaughter enforcement, and the organization maintains a listing of state and federal slaughterhouses that have been suspended due to violations of the humane slaughter law.
Suspension information is presented in Excel format and organized alphabetically by the name of the slaughter plant. Downloadable enforcement records are available for slaughter plant listings that include a link on the suspension date. Simply click on the link to access the record. Some files are large and may take a couple minutes to download.*
What constitutes a humane slaughter violation?
- Driving animals off trucks and down ramps using excessive force or discomfort.
- Failure to move any animal unable to walk off the truck on suitable equipment or to stun the animal before he or she is moved.
- Dragging a conscious animal.
- Failure to separate disabled animals from ambulatory animals and/or to place them in a covered pen.
- Failure to provide animals with access to water, access to feed if held over 24 hours and sufficient room to lie down if held overnight.
- Excessive use of electric prods to move animals.
- Failure to maintain facilities and equipment in good repair to prevent injury or pain to the animals.
- Making more than one attempt to render an animal unconscious by stunning and/or causing excitement or discomfort during stunning.
- Shackling, hoisting or cutting still-conscious animals.
Click here to read AWI's petition to the USDA on humane slaughter enforcement.
* Contact Dena Jones (email@example.com), AWI Farm Animal Program Manager, to receive assistance in obtaining documents.